I Can Help! (Princess Truly #8)

by Kelly Greenawalt (Author) Amariah Rauscher (Illustrator)

I Can Help! (Princess Truly #8)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Princess Truly

Princess Truly loves to help those around her, in these rhyming stories perfect for beginning readers!

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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 knows how to help! Across three stories, Princess Truly lends a hand during her friend's moving day, she cleans up a stinky park with her magical curls, and she helps a farmer find his tractor key! These funny and empowering short stories promote believing in yourself, building confidence, and having a positive self-image. They foster imagination and curiosity, and are perfect for fans of Ada Twist, Scientist.

With full-color artwork and easy-to-read rhyming text throughout, this series is just-right for new readers!

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 1--Princess Truly helps a friend move, cleans up a park, and helps out at a farm. The text in this book is simple, with short, mostly declarative, sentences that follow a rhyming pattern. There are no more than two sentences per page. For readers new to the series, it will be a surprise when Princess Truly can suddenly fly and make the wind blow because of her magic curls. This is not explained in the story, so readers may want to refer to the picture book, Princess Truly in I am Truly, that inspired this beginner reader series. Rauscher's colorful drawings depict Princess Truly with brown skin and twinkly hair puffs, while her friends are less diverse. Young readers will enjoy the simple story with a touch of magic. VERDICT Nothing new here; purchase where the series and other early readers circulate well.--Heidi Dechief

Copyright 2023 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 03, 2023
Princess Truly
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Picture books
Stories in rhyme
African American girls
Helping behavior

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