When I was at the library the other day I had to pick up a couple of picture books and young adult novels, because as all three of you who actually read my blog know, picture books are my safe space.
So let’s start quick and dirty: Lottie’s Princess Dress is a picture book written by Doris Dorrie and illustrated by Julia Kaergel. It’s about Lottie, a little girl who wakes up in a so-so mood, that can only be made right by wearing her very special princess dress. Her mother, on the hurry to catch the bus, finally let’s Lottie wear her impractical yet fabulous princess dress, and wears her own evening gown to work as well. And they had a great day in their princess outfits!
In the next couple of days I am going to proceed through several various types of picture books; todays example is the parent-child type. I’m not particularly fond of this in genre in general, because I tend to think that the majority of books in this category focus on what we as adults should impart to little children, rather than letting little children discover the world of mom and dad for themselves. In particular, it’s actually rare to find a highly praised children’s book that revolves around a child’s relationship with his or her parent, unless it’s about how the child saves/discovers his or her parent. For example, the book Stellaluna concentrates not on the frantic flight of the mother trying to find her baby bat, but on Stellaluna’s quest to discover her own identity and mother.
In the same way, this book concentrates on not what we are supposed to be teaching little kids (don’t get me started on moralistic children’s literature), but on what we can learn from little kids; that sometimes it’s okay to be a little silly and spontaneous; sometimes there are days that we should dress up like princesses for work. And while it’s a little too cold for me to put on an evening gown to go to the office, perhaps when spring arrives, you’ll see my sitting at my desk in glitter and satin galore.