I Am Mighty! (Princess Truly #6)

by Kelly Greenawalt (Author) Amariah Rauscher (Illustrator)

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

Princess Truly is strong and mighty, in these rhyming stories perfect for beginning readers! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency.

Princess Truly is mighty! She can jump, she can twirl; her arms are strong and her legs are powerful. When her dog Sir Noodles gets stuck in a tire swing, Princess Truly uses her strength--and her magical curls--to free her chunky pug. And when Princess Truly and her little brother, Ty, visit the carnival, she uses her strength and determination to win a prize at one of the games.

These funny and empowering short stories promote believing in yourself, building confidence, and having a positive self-image, and foster imagination and curiosity. With full-color artwork and easy-to-read rhyming text throughout, this series is perfect for new readers!

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Spunky Princess Truly, of the magical puffball pigtails, continues her adventures in this illustrated early reader. Three stories show Truly working and imagining her way through physical challenges, engineering problems, and the possibility of failure. In "I Am Strong," Truly tries gymnastics, sets personal goals, and enjoys team sports. In "I Can Do It," Truly's sidekick Noodles the pug jumps almost all the way through a tire swing--and Truly's having a terrible time getting him out! When her pigtails come alive with magical stars, she knows she can save her pug. "I tug and then I twist. My magic curls shine bright. I know I can do this! I pull with all my might." In "I Can Win," Truly and her brother, Ty, are having great fun at a carnival. At one of the games, Truly sees a purple cow she wants. As her lively pigtails sparkle, Truly thinks, "I believe in myself. I'll win that purple cow!" and the reader knows she will succeed. In each chapter, Rauscher's soft, black-outlined watercolor illustrations are paired with two lines of rhyming text. Though the rhythm is sometimes a little tricky, the limited vocabulary and rhymed endings help young readers predict their way through the stories. Greenawalt's nod to the beauty of girls of color offers an opportunity for all children to hone their reading chops. VERDICT Generally useful for collections that feature early readers.--Lisa Lehmuller

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Kelly Greenawalt
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.

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.

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Guided Reading Level
Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
October 20, 2022
Princess Truly
BISAC categories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV034000 - Juvenile Fiction | Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme

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