|Not quite Snow White|
Author: Franklin, Ashley
Tameika is excited to audition for the school's Snow White musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 506477
School Library Journal (00/07/19)
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Booklist - 02/01/2019 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. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2—A young black girl named Tameika loves singing, dancing, and acting. She's always felt the most free to be herself onstage, and always been the star—but she's never gotten to be a princess. When auditions for a school Snow White musical are announced, Tameika finally sees her chance; but when she overhears other students whispering that she is "too tall, too brown, and too chubby" to play the lead, she begins to doubt herself. When she explains her concerns to her parents, they tell her that she is "just enough of the right stuff" to be the perfect princess. Armed with their support, she remembers her joy for performing and scores the lead role. Glenn's vibrant digital illustrations vividly portray Tameika's emotions and personality, showing her clearly as a star in the making. The message of the book is wonderfully affirming, but the resolution feels abrupt: all it takes is one brief conversation with Tameika's parents to resolve all of her self-doubt. Abruptness aside, this is a recommended choice. VERDICT A fast, feel-good read that affirms anyone can be a princess regardless of size or race, and, in particular, supports and empowers young black girls.—Kelsey Socha, Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield, MA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.