Chelshire, Inc. invited me to review their paperback book, “Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?” This book is written by Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Mateya Arkova. The book reads as a parent speaking to their two daughters. Though the book never identifies who the narrator is so it could also easily be an aunt, uncle or grandparent. I like that the book reads like I’m speaking to my child as we read along.
This book is relevant to our youngest daughter because she wants to be a firefighter when she grows up. She even asked us if girls can be firemen. When given the opportunity to review this book I was excited. I knew the subject matter would impress her but more importantly, I hoped it would give her the confidence to be whatever she wanted to be when she grows up.
“Can a Princess Be a Firefighter” focusses less on the specific job of a firefighter and more on the endless options our daughters have as a career choice. The narrator has a back and forth dialogue throughout the book with the girls about various career options. While the girls interjecting age-appropriate questions such as, “Could I still wear my fairy wings?” I found the back and forth dialogue to be much like my own with my daughter.
The end of the book summaries that the girls can be anything they want to be. It places importance on doing something you enjoy, something that makes you happy. It finishes off with a reassurance that regardless of what they choose to be, they will always be a princess to the narrator.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, more importantly so did my daughter. It was entertaining while teaching a lesson as well. The book is short, which is great for younger children with short attention spans. It’s easy to read and has a natural flow. I would recommend this to anyone with small children.
Easy to read
Short story, great for short attention spans
Creative and relevant illustrations on each page
The illustrations look slightly out of focus
Ratings (Out of five stars):
Overall rating: 24 out of 25 stars / 4.8 Star Average