by, Susan Johnston & Kimberly Webb
Princess Bubble is your average fairytale. Sure there’s a beautiful and good princess who lives in a fairytale kingdom, but her quest to find her Prince Charming doesn’t end the way that most “happily ever after” books do. No, this thirty five paged book, complete with colorful and beautiful drawn illustrations, has a very different ending.
Princess Bubble finds herself a graduate of Royal University, she takes a job with Royal Airlines so she can learn about other kingdoms and cultures, and then this well-rounded and beautiful princess finds that many of her friends, also Princesses, are starting to get married. The Queen tells Princess Bubble she must find a Prince so she too can live “happily every after.” But after searching for a prince, Princess Bubble has a visit from one of my favorite Fairy Godmothers ever. Princess Bubble’s Fairy Godmother tells her that she doesn’t need to have a Prince Charming to have a “happily ever after.” She tells her that if she lives a good life, loves God, does good deeds and treats others well and is comfortable with who she is, then she is already living her happily ever after! Princess Bubble realizes that the other fairytales were wrong. She realized that since she had great family and friends, was a good person that she didn’t need a Prince to live a happy life. Princess Bubble went on to do many great things and she did live, “happily ever after.”
The authors, Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb, are “never-married, seasoned career women-turned-authors <that> did not meet through their former employer, Delta Airlines, but rather through Johnston’s ex-boyfriend. These small town Southern girls immediately became kindred spirits and have been close friends ever since. Taking advantage of their company travel benefits, these two well-educated women decided to continue their education through their many excursions all over the world. As they traveled, Johnston and Webb formulated the idea of a new generation of fairy tales: encouraging women to find their security in something much deeper than a left-hand ring and to emphasize the notion that “happily ever after” is attainable for everyone.”
What a fabulous message for young girls! Even in 2011 young women are just hit with a barrage of messages from all around them that tell them what it means to be a “happy woman” or a “successful” woman today. Many times this message also says that to be complete or a success you must marry and have a family. While I found that to be my path, it certainly doesn’t mean that is the right decision for every woman. This book will help me enforce the message to my own young daughter that she can have a happily ever after herself that may or may not include a prince of her own.