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PassiveAgressiveQueen Thu 11-Feb-16 13:33:06

my 5 year old daughter loves princesses and fairys.
Are there any books that are really good, i know there is one princess one (where she gets sent to finishing school, maybe called princess school, and ruins it) but can't remember the name, are there any others?

I can't just buy her other books as she wants books about long haired princess in floor length dresses. And i want her to understand she can be that AND still be an explorer, scientist well anything.

Morningbear Thu 11-Feb-16 14:05:17

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch! It's about a princess who saves the prince from a dragon who burns down their castle and when he tells her she doesn't look like a princess anymore, she tells him where to shove his misogynistic shite. Was an absolute fave of mine as a child.

schmalex Thu 11-Feb-16 14:06:16

The Princess and the Pony is pretty good.

madcapped Thu 11-Feb-16 14:10:35

Check out A Mighty Girl on fb or on their website. They are a fab site (though a bit US focussed) and have a whole section on feminist princess stories. There's loads of great feminist toys there too.

mudandmayhem01 Thu 11-Feb-16 14:15:15

Princess smarty pants by babette cole is very funny.

TheImprobableGirl Thu 11-Feb-16 14:20:40

I think Merida from brave is pretty badass grin

TheImprobableGirl Thu 11-Feb-16 14:22:01

or Mulan? She disguises herself as a man because they won't let her be a girl and saves the day

CardiCorgi Thu 11-Feb-16 14:22:29

The Princess and the Giant? She climbs the beanstalk and tells the giant how to behave.

theknackster Thu 11-Feb-16 14:25:26

Not quite a princess(!), but the night pirates?

GrouchyKiwi Thu 11-Feb-16 14:26:06

I love The Paperbag Princess.

Second A Mighty Girl. They've got great lists of books.

Myfanwyprice Thu 11-Feb-16 14:27:22

Zog by Julia Donaldson, has a brave princess in it I think?

I'm a big fan of Zog, nor direct about princesses per se nut when the Prince comes to rescue her from the dragon she tells him to fuck off she is becoming a doctor...

Myfanwyprice Thu 11-Feb-16 14:30:03

And the Kitty Lacey books - they might not be quite what you're looking for, as they have a lot of stereotypes in them, but it is always the girls that save the day!

Icapturethecastle Thu 11-Feb-16 14:31:47

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hake

PassiveAgressiveQueen Thu 11-Feb-16 14:33:10

Brave is excellent, we will have to watch that more, i love the princess and the frog as well.
Thanks for all the excellent suggestions, it is actually her 5th birthday soon, so i see a shopping list coming

Icapturethecastle Thu 11-Feb-16 14:33:12

Sorry - Shannon Hale silly autocorrect www.princessinblack.com

tilder Thu 11-Feb-16 14:33:44

Zog is a big favourite here too.

timelytess Thu 11-Feb-16 14:34:05

'The Garden Dragon and the Lovely Lily' is a delightful feminist princess book.

RatOnnaStick Thu 11-Feb-16 14:40:04

The Ordinary Princess by MM Kaye is lovely.

ISaySteadyOn Thu 11-Feb-16 14:43:31

Beat me to it, Rat.

TheWanderingUterus Thu 11-Feb-16 15:03:02

Wrestling princess
Practical princess
Karate princess
Princess Polly to the rescue
The ordinary princess
The princess knight
Dangerously ever after
Don't kiss the frog
Not all princesses dress in pink
The princess in black

lionheart70 Thu 11-Feb-16 15:07:50

Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke

TannhauserGate Thu 11-Feb-16 15:27:32

Zita, Space Princess.
Princeless

vvviola Thu 11-Feb-16 15:30:36

Zog is a great favourite in our house, as is The Paperbag Princess (best when listened to - Robert Munsch has recorded all his stories and they are available online - they all cause complete hysterics with my DC)

The Princess and the Wizard is pretty good too - it's also by Julia Donaldson and it's along the lines of Princess gets captured by nasty wizard, but then goes and rescues herself. smile

slebmum1 Thu 11-Feb-16 16:12:20

DTs love bloody sparkly Disney princess books. I just make sure I get them a balance of all sorts of books as well and make sure I tell them as much as possible they can do WHATEVER they want.

Current favourite fame is playing space missions and being Tim Peake, dressed as the lithe mermaid.

I like Mulan.

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