Anti-Princess Collection 1, 2, & 3
The first three non-fiction biographies of the Anti-Princess Series with strong, independent, and creative Latina leads – Frida Kahlo of México, Violeta Parra of Chile, and Juana Azurduy of BoliviaReading Grade Level: 3RD - 4TH
Type of Book: Set
Fiction or Non-Fiction: Non-Fiction
School Library Journal September 2016 issue – “Gr 3 Up –In this “antiprincess collection,” young readers will have a chance to investigate the lives of women who have not followed what their cultures would deem traditional lives. Children may know about Frida Kahlo and her art, but they might not know about the terrible accident she had while riding a bus. While the books are written in a fun, conversational tone and the illustrations are inviting, the books also do not hide the difficulties these women experienced. The titles explore topics such as poverty and injustice and show how they played important roles in the subjects’ lives, as in the story of Juana Azurduy. Facts about these amazing women are combined with interesting anecdotes, such as the conversation between Violeta Parra and Don Antonio as he gives her a guitarrón. Activities and games follow each story, providing additional ways to explore life as the subject did. While the vignettes at times seem too short, the endings encourage further research. The often graphic novel–like art—vibrant, bold colors outlined in black—depicts scenes from the text and enhances the view of the subjects as strong heroines. In Frida Kahlo, reproductions of a few of Kahlo’s works are featured in Saá’s style. VERDICT An excellent choice for libraries seeking works in Spanish for elementary students, especially where biographies are needed.
–Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, League City, TX