Review by Shwetha H S
Title: Can A Princess Be A Firefighter?
Author: Carole P Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Imprint: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Children’s Book, Picture Book
Carole P Roman is a children’s book author. You would have read my reviews of many of her books. She writes simple books on complex yet important topics that children need to know while growing up. Can A Princess Be A Firefighter? is one such book, but is different too.
All girls are princesses to their parents. If not in adult life, at least while growing up. Parents tend to be more careful with their daughters than with their sons. So much so that parents also try to influence their daughters’ career choices, telling them to choose safer and easier options. In this book, Carole tells the girls that they can be anything, even choose a career as a firefighter, which is considered to be one of the dangerous jobs.
The book is in a semi-poetical form. It is a conversation between a parent and two daughters, about how girls don’t have to play princesses, but can play whatever profession they want from their imagination. The conversation goes beyond play. When the daughters ask whether they have to stop being or playing princesses to be something else, the parent takes the opportunity to tell them they can be whatever they want, they can even change their mind later and it is totally okay to do that. The parent also tells them that whatever they choose to be, they will always be the princesses in their hearts and the parents’ too.
Although the content is great, the illustrations are not the usual Carole-Mateya combo. The illustrations do not live up to the expectations, especially for someone like me, who has already fed so much on their other books. Nevertheless, this is a great book to build self-confidence in young girls. Don’t miss it.