Bestselling Fairytale has a Major Impact on Young Girls

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Twelve young ladies expressed with excitement how the Princess Briana fairytale inspired them to read and improved their self-esteem.

Twelve young ladies (ages six to eleven) of the prestigious Afro Puff Girls Book Club expressed with excitement how the Princess Briana fairytale (bestselling children’s book of 2004 at Karibu, a major black bookstore chain) inspired them to read and improved their self-esteem. The very mission of the book club is to select books that entertain, enlighten and plant seeds of wisdom, which is exactly what Princess Briana did for these ladies. The fairytale teaches several valuable lessons about self-love and acceptance. The coordinator of the book club, Tracey Ward, said, “When we first got Princess Briana, they were so excited and most of them read it that same day. Last year when we started the book club it took them forever to read the chosen book and it was a really cool book. However with Princess Briana, they loved the pictures and they loved the storyline.”

At a formal tea party in Baltimore, Maryland, Tracy Ward and the young ladies gathered to meet the author, discuss the book, and reenact several main parts of the story. The day began with a question and answer session. The author of Princess Briana, Yaba Baker, answered questions the young ladies had about how he became an author and why he wrote Princess Briana.

The day continued with individual discussions with each girl to get a better idea of how the book impacted their lives on a personal level. When the girls were asked if Princess Briana made them feel differently about themselves, several girls gave remarkable answers. Intisar (age 6) said, “I felt glad that I saw someone who represents me.” Sierra (age 8) answered, “It made me feel like I didn‘t have to be like another person.” Kareemah (age 7) had this to say, “I felt good and that I would never try to change myself.” When asked how Princess Briana is different from other fairytales the girls were very straight forward with their answers. Tajah (age 9) said, “ It’s different because it teaches you a lesson, it has Black people in it, and it’s fun to read.” Qadirah (age 8) responded, “She is Black, it has more than other fairytales, and you can learn more from it.” Aolean (age 10) said, “It has no magic and it’s like God bless you with a story that you thought would never come out.”

The tea party concluded with the reenactment of the book’s talent competition and closing remarks. Rachel (age 11) summed up why this fairytale is for all girls by saying, “It teaches you no matter what color you are, no matter how big you are or how skinny you are that you should be proud of who you are.” Aolean had a different reason why all girls should read Princess Briana. She said, “Some people don’t read books, this is a book that can get people to start reading.” Tracey Ward said, “Princess Briana is a must have book for everyone’s library, the child and the child at heart.” See the actual video testimonials of all the girls at http://www.justlikemebooks.com/Afropuffpage.htm. You can get Princess Briana at http://www.justlikemebooks.com, http://www.target.com and at any major bookstore in the country.

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