Title: Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?
Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
Two little girls pepper their father with questions about whether or not they can be a profession and still be a princess. Motivated by her granddaughter’s fascination with all things ‘princess,’ Carole P. Roman penned this adorable poem celebrating all the wonderful possibilities waiting ahead for them.
Can a Princess Be a Firefighter is an inspiring book children will love, as well as adults. In this picture book, two little girls ask their father what can they be when they grow up. The father (narrator) then goes on to explain various professions the girls can be. They ask if they can still be a princess and wear their wings while being all these things. The answer is beautiful and profound.
I grew up in the 80’s and I remember asking my parents and grandparents this same type of question when I was young. They encouraged me I could be anything I wanted to be. My grandfather whispered to me often, “You are beautiful and can do anything you put your mind to”. It has stayed with me, even to this day.
No matter what, children need to be encouraged to chase their dreams and this book carries that message home. In my opinion, this book works for both boys and girls.
The illustrations are soft pastels and gives an illusion of dreaming. I loved the illustrations and the wording is in clear white lettering.
The only thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars is that the POV is in first person. It struck me as an odd choice but that’s probably just me.
“Don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” A profound lesson every child needs to learn and remember.
“So, my dears, whatever you pick, whatever you choose to be, know that in my true heart, you will always be a princess to me.”
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N