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Not Quite Snow White


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Ashley Franklin is an African-American Muslim writer, mother of two, and college professor. Ashley received her M.A. from the University of Delaware, which has given her the opportunity to teach and tutor online at the college level from home. While she loves singing (badly), dancing (offbeat), and acting (ridiculous), she'd much rather leave it to the professionals (fearless kids like Tameika). Ashley lives in Arkansas with her husband, Michael, and her own fearless kids, Bilal and Mikhail. You can learn more about Ashley on her blog, www.ashleyfranklinwrites.wordpress.com/ Ebony Glenn is an Atlanta-based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical illustrations. With a passion for the arts and great storytelling, she aims to create art that brings more joy and magic into people's lives. She also likes to dance and sing but, unlike little Tameika, suffers a great deal from stage fright. Ebony is the illustrator of Mommy's Khimar, written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and the upcoming picture book biography Brave Ballerina by Michelle Meadows.


"A beautifully illustrated story." -- Booklist
"Using language which encourages hope, body positivity, and self-worth, Franklin weaves together a story which can be used by parents, librarians, teachers, and reading specialists to discuss overcoming discrimination." -- Booklist
"Buoyant digital illustrations in candy colors reflect Tameika's outgoing personality." -- Booklist
"By the end, I was cheering and tearing up with joy for Princess Tameika!" -- Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of Mommy's Khimar
"Franklin's sensitive treatment of this young girl's story, along with Ebony Glenn's bright but soft illustrations, encourages us to root for a new kind of princess while opening much-needed conversations." -- Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of Mommy's Khimar
"A feel-good picture book and a great reminder that classic princess roles can be reimagined to embrace inclusion, diversity, and body positivity." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Glenn's playful, animation-inspired digital art will enchant readers as it immerses them in Tameika's vivid imagination." -- Kirkus Reviews
"For kids who like to imagine themselves being anything they want to be, it is reassuring to be reminded that it's not exterior looks that matter but the princess within." -- Kirkus Reviews
"With earnestness and plenty of heart, the creators adroitly make the girl's problem feel less overwhelming, smartly emphasizing her passion and empowerment." -- Publishers Weekly
"It's refreshing to see female confidence portrayed without a single 'aw, shucks' moment, and important to be reminded that there's no one right way to be a princess." -- Publishers Weekly

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