Not Quite Snow White
by Franklin, Ashley; Glenn, Ebony (ILT)






A picture book for magical yet imperfect girls everywhere, written by debut author Ashley Franklin and perfect for fans of such titles as Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer and the classic Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman.

Tameika is a girl who belongs on the stage. She loves to act, sing, and dance—and she’s pretty good at it, too. So when her school announces their Snow White musical, Tameika auditions for the lead princess role.

But the other kids think she’s “not quite” right to play the role.

They whisper, they snicker, and they glare.

Will Tameika let their harsh words be her final curtain call?

Not Quite Snow White is a delightful and inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika encourages us all to let our magic shine.





In this beautifully illustrated story, an African American girl named Tameika loves to perform. One day she sees her school is putting on a musical of Snow White and thrills at the idea of getting the starring role. During auditions, however, Tameika hears her classmates saying negative things about her body type and skin color. What hurts her is that they do not believe she can be Snow White since she is not skinny, tall, and white. Tameika is discouraged and wonders if the other kids are right. Later that night, Tameika finds reassurance in her parents, who lovingly deliver one of the many "talks" African American parents have with their children regarding dealing with racism and discrimination. Using language which encourages hope, body positivity, and self-worth, Franklin weaves together a story which can be used by parents, librarians, teachers, and reading specialists to discuss overcoming discrimination. Buoyant digital illustrations in candy colors reflect Tameika's outgoing personality and create a welcoming space to help young readers discuss the tough topic of race. Grades K-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.





A little black girl holds true to her dream that on the theater stage you can be whatever you want—even if it's Snow White. Tameika is a bubbly, outgoing singer and dancer who loves the stage. She has played various roles, such as a cucumber, a space cowgirl, and a dinosaur, but never a princess. This charming tale tackles the complex subject of biases around race and body image when Tameika overhears her classmates' whispers: "She can't be Snow White"; "She's much too chubby"; "And she's too brown." Tameika goes on a journey of self-acceptance as she grapples with her feelings about wanting to be a princess. Glenn's playful, animation-inspired digital art will enchant readers as it immerses them in Tameika's vivid imagination. New fans may seek out her previous work in Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow's Mommy's Khimar (2018) and Michelle Meadows' Brave Ballerina (2019). The vibrant colors and active compositions enhance the story, reflecting Tameika's changing emotions and her interactions with her parents, whose positive affirmations help give Tameika the courage and self-love to remember how much joy she gets from performing. For kids who like to imagine themselves being anything they want to be, it is reassuring to be reminded that it's not exterior looks that matter but the princess within. A feel-good picture book and a great reminder that classic princess roles can be reimagined to embrace inclusion, diversity, and body positivity. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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