On the Second Day of Christmas: Pop the Princess Bubble

My mother refuses to buy my daughter anything that celebrates the Disney princesses. Tinkerbell gets a bye, but she’s convinced the princesses are bringing down the strength of girls in the states. I’m not quite as anti-princess, I’ve got to admit. But I’m not crazy about anything that would make my daughter think she needs a guy to get ahead. So balancing the normal princess crazed pre-schooler desires with my ideals is anything but easy.

I’ve tried to lessen the blow with frequent readings of Princess Bubble, the kids book from Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb (with illustrations by Maria Tonelli) that follows the traditional fairy tale path . . . until it doesn’t.

Princess Bubble goes to college, graduates, buys her own palace, even takes a job. When all her friends (princesses sparkle and the like) start marrying off and telling her it’s time (what is it with all those smug marrieds?), she decides she’s just too darn happy being her.

If that’s not the fairy tale ending you want for your daughters – making their own choices – what is? Thanks to Susan Johnston, it’s one you can bring home this Christmas for your little princess!

She’s offered up a copy of Princess Bubble, autographed to your child, as part of Inside Out’s 13 Days of Giveaways! To enter, leave a comment with the reason you think your daughter/niece/granddaughter/whoever needs a copy. Get extra entries by grabbing my badge and/or blogging about this contest and all 13 Days of Giveaways (remember to leave the link in comments as well).

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents, the contest will close on December 8, so remember to check back or subscribe at left to be notified right away (and find out what the rest of our 13 days of giveaways have in store). December subscribers will all be entered to win a Dancing Leaves Teapot courtesy of Numi Tea.


  1. I have been looking for a book like this for 12 years. I never really liked all the princess things just because of that. Cinderalla 2 was a little better. My daughter is too big now but I have a niece that I would love to read this too.

  2. So cute! I never wanted to be a princess when I was little because who wanted to wait around for a prince to do all the heavy lifting? I love that this book is about independence and confidence and bubbles!

  3. I would love this book for my 3 and 4 year old daughters! This is the kind of fairy tale you want your kids set their life expectations on. Self importance and reliance, knowing that having their life is more important than giving into the trends friends follow, marriage included.Keliksalisbury@comcast.net

  4. I have told my gals princesses can be powerful and successful and not weak..This looks like something fun to read, with independence and strength for princesses too

  5. My daughter just started getting into books and this sounds like an adorable story!

  6. after going through the princess nightmare three times already I would love to be able to read my fourth daughter a princess book that is not part of the disney machine and portrays girls in a more independent light, thanks for the chance to win!!

  7. We love to read books in our family, and anything princess is a hit with my 2 (almost 3) year old little girl. It’s so important to read with kids, and I’m glad mine love it!

  8. I have this book and love it! But, don’t think this is only for the little girls. I give it to everyone from baby showers to friends getting a divorce.

  9. I would love this for my granddaughter. I want her to grow up independent and a happy princess. Thank you so much!

  10. wow it sounds like a realy neet book and well i love to win this thanks

  11. this seems like something my daughter would enjoy. i like that its not the typical fairy tale. more modern and kind of complicated in a way. But you dont need a prince to be happy and i like that message.mommy2skie@yahoo.com

  12. I would love for my daughter to have this because this was my plan until I fell in love.

  13. I have your button.livlifelov at yahoo dot com

  14. I’ve never heard of this book before, but it sounds really cool. I admit, my daugters are Disney Princess freaks. But I think they’d get a huge kick out of this book as well. I know I would!Thanks for the entry.RebekahClittleminx@cox.net

  15. This sounds like a good one! My granddaughter loves ANYTHING princess, so I’m sure she would LOVE this!shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  16. My daughter would appreciate this book. Thank you for offering a princess book from another perspective.

  17. Wow this is great a book that teaches a girl independence, Finally! Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. My daughter is being raised as a princess, but not a “spoiled rotten, wait on my hand a foot” type. But to know she is smart, important, and created for a purpose.

  19. I put your button on mom2ways.blogspot.com

  20. My niece needs this copy, because every girl is a princess!ashlomb at yahoo dot com

  21. I have your button on my sidebar.

  22. I would love to give this to my Goddaughter since she’s the oldest out of my girls. I think she’d appreciate it a lot more and she loves anything I give her. A book would be great as a stocking stuffer or maybe a Christmas Eve sneak peek.msrica03@aol.com

  23. I would love this book for my daughter. I want her to know that she can do whatever she sets her mind to in life and she does not need to dapend on anyone to do it for her. Sounds like a great book with a great message!

  24. I have your button!

  25. I’d love this for my niece. She’s surrounded with all the other princess images out there, it’d be nice to show her another point of view. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  26. I think my daughter needs a copy because we have always called her our princess and she really thinks she is one! LOL! Her last name is Prince..so princess just fits!jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

  27. Looks liek great funtrisha@247moms.com

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