These two picturebooks found me while I was looking for girl-powered books at the library. While they cannot technically be categorized as warrior girls, both Pearl and The Cloud Princess wanted to do something for others – which fit our social justice component.
Written and Illustrated by Khoa Le
Published by Insight Kids (2016, first published in 2015)
ISBN: 1608877310 (ISBN13: 9781608877317). Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library.
The Cloud Princess is quite sad up in the skies, with only Miss Moon and Miss Sun for company. Tired of being alone, she asked Miss Sun what can be found down on Earth:
Intrigued and driven by loneliness, the Cloud Princess took a peek, and felt even more alone. She decided to fly even lower to the Earth’s surface to really see with her own eyes the beauty of a flower and hear the laughter of children – not realizing that she was actually putting herself in danger in the process.
Unwittingly, what the Cloud Princess did not realize is that this danger of her turning into droplets is exactly what brings about the spring rain. While not intentional or deliberate, her loneliness actually transformed itself into something that human beings on earth can enjoy. This is the first Khoa Le book that I have read. While I felt that the story was lacking in depth and development, the art work is lovely.
Written and Illustrated by Molly Idle
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (2018)
ISBN: 0316465674 (ISBN13: 9780316465670). Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library.
Unlike The Cloud Princess whose service to the community was unexpected and unwitting, Pearl was determined to be like her sisters of the deep who were responsible and doing something important.
Some of her mermaid sisters were responsible for coral reefs, forests of kelp and even the giants of the deep.
And Pearl deeply yearned to be one of them.
And so, when Pearl’s mother decided it was time for her to be entrusted with her very own task, she was extremely excited.
This excitement was short-lived when she was handed a single grain of sand to take care of. There are grains of sand beyond counting: how could taking care of a single one make any difference, if at all?
This story is a testament to how even the smallest of things can have a profound impact in the larger scheme of things. It is a reminder that everything we do has ripple effects that we may not fully understand as yet. Molly Idle has outdone herself in this one. Gorgeous art, even more beautiful message that will not fail to move even the most jaded reader.
#WomenReadWomen2019: 15 of 25 (Vietnam: Khoa Le)
Molly Idle is from the United States of America