Black Princess

I have been privy to the development of Shades of Noir, in fact, I have basically grown up with it.  I remember having to go to Savile Row to pick up Professor Andrew Ramroop’s work for the first exhibition ‘Happening to be…’

I thought it would be a good idea if I too contributed, as the life and perspectives of a black girl growing up in the UK (I’m 10) could have some relevance to Shades of Noir readers.  I love reading, in fact, I have read all the books in my school library, and collect them too.  

I hope you find my review of books, which may change to other things depending on what happens in my life, honest and useful. 

So here we go…. I will start by saying these are my two favourite princess stories back when I was young.  I loved these books mainly because they were familiar stories but they had an edge.  I think I should say that over the years I now find princess stories unrealistic, and stereotypical.  I as a girl look for stories with female protagonists that are strong, intelligent and hard working, however, I still find some enjoyment from these two books.

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The Princess and the Pea 

This story is written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora who is a well-known children’s book author, she has written over 150 books.  This book has bright, vibrant pictures that use a distinctive collage technique and is set in a beautiful place in Africa. I loved reading this story, it was fun quick and easy. The writing and language is easy to understand making it perfect for children aged between 3 -5 years.  The book uses terms that young children would understand but also keeps to the well-known characteristics of The Princess and the Pea. The story feels familiar but the illustration offers a narrative about a black princess making it quite special.

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Beauty and the Beast 

This story is published by Jump at the Sun and illustrated by John Klutz.  The pictures and the writing are easy to understand and have a traditional feel to both. It was a good read warming my heart and also at certain points making your heart stop with anticipation. The narratives between the writing and the pictures work well, with both giving a fairly clear depiction of the story. The storytelling is helped by the author’s excellent use of interesting language.  The decision to have a Black princess has also helped the book to reach a wider variety of people who enjoy more cultural stories and or black protagonists. This book I would say is for children aged between 3-5 years.  The writing is of a good standard and will help your young ones to understand and develop language as well as expression. For more books like this (ordinary stories with a twist) go to JumpattheSun.com

 

By Book Geek