Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls (Princess Truly)

by Kelly Greenawalt (Author) Amariah Rauscher (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Princess Truly

In her second adventure, Princess Truly's magical curls and belief in herself transport her back in time and help her reach for the stars!

I love my fluffy, puffy curls.

I'm so happy they are mine.

When I believe in myself,

They shimmer and they shine.

Princess Truly is back! In the second Princess Truly adventure, Truly's magical, sparkling curls have the power to transport her to exciting new places like the Egyptian pyramids, the Jurassic period, and even into outer space. With curiosity, bravery, and her signature smarts, Princess Truly once again proves that she can do anything she sets her mind to and reminds girls everywhere to reach for the stars, believe in themselves, and dream big!

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Kirkus Reviews

A home-away-home tale worth the trip.

Publishers Weekly

In this follow-up to 2017's Princess Truly in I Am Truly, the effervescent African-American heroine takes her self-esteem to new levels: "I love my fluffy, puffy curls./ I'm so happy they are mine./ When I believe in myself, / They shimmer and they shine." Not only do her curls sparkle like firecrackers, they are also able to transport her to a multitude of locations: Rauscher's sunny watercolors show Princess Truly meeting friendly dinosaurs in a prehistoric past, exploring undersea depths in a purple submarine, and venturing into the cosmos where she starts a rock band with a group of aliens. Princess Truly's affirmations can get a bit repetitive, yet girls whose personalities are as buoyant as hers will welcome this gleeful celebration of self-confidence and black girl magic. Ages 3-5. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.


Princess Truly is a bold and bright role model of positive self-image and embracing your unique diversity, whether your own curls are magic or not.

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Praise for Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls:
[G]irls...will welcome this gleeful celebration of self-confidence and black girl magic. —Publisher's Weekly

[E]xplores the magical potential of Afro hair...[a] home-away tale worth the trip. —Kirkus

Princess Truly is a bold and bright role model of positive self-image and embracing your unique diversity. —Booklist

Praise for Princess Truly in I Am Truly:
Named a Best Book of 2017 by Essence Magazine.

[T]he perfect choice for youngsters from pre-K to second grade. — Essence

[A] celebration of boundless potential...positive, fun, and truly lively. — Kirkus

Defies predictability...pair with Andrea Beaty's Rosie Revere, Engineer (2013) for another story about a strong, independent, capable girl. — Booklist

No task is too small or too big for Princess Truly, who is every little girl in the world. — Texas Magazine

With a strong message of empowerment, this book is a simple story about a little girl of color who can dream and do anything she puts her mind to. — School Library Journal
Kelly Greenawalt

AMARIAH RAUSCHER is an artist and illustrator specializing in luminous watercolor illustration. She lives with her husband and children in Illinois, where she enjoys drawing, painting, and bringing Princess Truly's newest journeys to life.

KELLY GREENAWALT is a children's book author, wife, and mother of seven living just outside Houston, Texas. Princess Truly was inspired by her daughters, Calista and Kaia, who are smart, spunky, and have magical curls of their own.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Orchard Books
Publication date
January 20, 2018
Princess Truly
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV034000 - Juvenile Fiction | Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Voyages and travels
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United S
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also
JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

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