Title: Princess Truly in I Am Truly
By: Greenawalt, Kelly
Call #: JPicture Green.K
In this delightful and inspirational picture book, young readers meet Truly, a multifaceted girl with interests galore. She loves playing rock music, can build tall towers, imagines that she has magical superhero powers, and that is just the first few pages. Truly loves art, science, sports, and adventure, and emerges as a versatile character kids can see themselves being. Kelly Greenawalt’s bouncy, simple rhymes capture a heroine in motion, moving from one activity to the next. Amariah Rauscher’s warm, funny illustrations are packed with delightful details (love the pirate outfits on her animal friends as they sail the seas on a little boat, for example). When reading the book to a preschool storytime group, I noticed how the children instantly loved clapping for Truly as she makes teddy bears with her cool new invention, or parachutes through the air. The energy of this joyous book is contagious, making readers feel that they too can dance on the stars the way Truly does. Simply wonderful.