The Princess Onyx™ children’s book series is an essential read for all children, especially little Black girls and their families. This book series addresses such topics as colorism, Black hair textures, Black female features, etiquette, and being friends with non-Blacks without apology.
Jaydah returns from school in tears, a mean classmate called her ugly because of her skin color. Tata, Jaydah’s grandmother, then tells her a story about a princess named Jaydah. Princess Jaydah’s parents protected her from the world, knowing that some of the citizens of their kingdom are not kind. The princess is able to convince her parents to let her play with a group of children in the courtyard. A lady-in-waiting escorts her outside and watches as Princess Jaydah interacts with the children. They are playing a game, but already have full teams. A poorly dressed girl is kicked off one of the teams to make room. When Princess Jaydah asks why they kicked the girl off the team, a boy tells her that she is ugly and dark.
The princess is horrified and resolves the situation by inviting the girl, Ebony, to come play in the castle. Princess Jaydah’s father is proud of his little girl and builds a new wing on the castle and provides Ebony’s father with a job. Jaydah and her grandmother then bake dark, chocolate brownies, calling them Princess Jaydah brownies!
This sweet, inspiring story has a wonderful message and fun illustrations. Any child would enjoy reading this book, learning from Jaydah’s experience and Tata’s story.
*Reviewed by Kristin*
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