Friday, April 11, 2008

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

Today I came home from work to find Maya clad in the darkest of blues and greens. She of course, as she often does, looked like a boy. Now remember, I was at work, so Patty dressed her that way. But I have been known to do the same.

The weather was in fairness miserable today, so one of the pretty spring dresses she got for her birthday would have been grossly inappropriate. We're not trying to make Maya a tomboy. I'm just not that fond of white, and Patty's not that fond of pink.

The little girl in Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?, by Carmela LaVigna Coyle and illustrated by Mike Gordon, wants so badly to be like a princess, wearing a flowery crown throughout. However, she has some decidedly not-so-dainty hobbies.

She seeks affirmation from her mother, asking, "Do princesses wear hiking boots?" The answer: "When they wish to take the scenic routes." Do they climb trees? "Is there a better way to catch the breeze?" I have a feeling mom is a bit of a tomboy herself.

Our little princess sums it up, "Mommy, do princesses seem at all like me?"

"Look inside yourself and see..." For the little princesses reading this book there is a mirror on the final page to gaze upon your regal self. "A princess is a place in your heart."

So whether Maya wears sparkling slippers or Doc Martins, she's going to be our little princess.

That makes me king, right?

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