I got this idea from Rachel Moani’s wonderful blog about her library journey and work. She is seriously creative and I love her ideas. You have to check her out!
We have a high population of international students at our elementary school. Lots of the little girls love Princess books and fantasy books. However, other than the Frog Princess, Mulan and Jasmin there are not many multicultural Princesses out there in the Disney realm. I was inspired by Ms. Moani’s Fantasy display here.
My Princess was made using paper and a plastic table cloth to give her a fluffy skirt. I added a gold ribbon belt around her waist and put a book in her hand.
Here she is before I put her in the case. I had to hand stitch her skirt layers together. There is also lots of strategically hidden tape!
I added some fluffy clouds and blue swirls to the background in the case. Then I put up the word “Fantasy” in royal purple letters. Needless to say it was a hit! The little girls and even some boys loved the giant Princess. The best part was a very shy student who grabbed my hand and said “Ms. B, she looks like me!” I have to admit that it brought tears to my eyes. After that we spent lots of time looking for more fantasy and princess books with multicultural characters to add to our collection.
I cannot find any pictures that her with the book in her hand. I also added some fluff under her skirt to make it more 3D.
She is neatly folded in my storage cabinet and ready for a new display this year. I might even add a Prince for the boys! This display really made me aware of how badly we needed to add to our multicultural collection. I was also very humbling when my sweet students told me that the Princess looked like them or their Moms. This was one of my favorites of 2012.