While poking around online today, I came upon a children’s book that sounds absolutely fabulous and would be a great gift for little girls (and even grown ups). Disney movies and so many children’s books still drill in the notion that women’s lives aren’t complete until they get married or have a big fairy tale wedding, basically the whole “damsel in distress” thing.
Along comes Princess Bubble by Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb. The premise of the story:
A contemporary fairy tale for all ages, Princess Bubble was written to reduce the overwhelming sense of failure, self-doubt, and despair that some single women face. Knowing how low self-esteem and depression plague many single females, we wanted to spread the message that happily ever after can occur even before Prince Charming arrives. . . or even if he never does, said Webb. We re definitely not anti-Prince, said Johnston (whose college nickname was Bubbles ). We re not anti-family or anti-marriage, if anything we re anti- Damsel in Distress. Our message the single life can also be a fairy tale. The End! Princess Bubble stars a princess who is confused by the traditional fairy tale messages that say she must find her prince before she can live happily ever after. Princess Bubble dons her thinking crown to research traditional fairy tales, interviews married girlfriends, and even takes counsel from her mother, who advises her to sign up at FindYourPrince.com. With a little help from her fairy godmother (this is still a fairy tale after all), Ms. Bubble discovers that living happily ever after is not about finding a prince. True happiness, the book reveals, is found by loving God, being kind to others, and being comfortable with who you are already! We ve had countless women all over the nation tell us they wish there had been a book like this when they were young, said Johnston. This is a story women can truly believe in and feel comfortable sharing with their children.
and in a review from Everything Alabama, the initial inspiration for the book came to
[Susan Johnston], who has been in 17 weddings, said she got the idea for the book when one of her friends’ young daughters told her that Barbie absolutely had to find a prince and couldn’t live happily ever after without one.
“I told her, `Well no, look, I have a good life and I haven’t found a prince,’ she said. The girl told Johnston, “Well, that’s just not possible,” and Johnston knew then she had to write a book.
I will be taking this out from the library, but in the meantime, I will leave with the story of Atalanta, from Marlo Thomas’s Free to Be, You and Me, which kinda went along this premise too.