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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses: 08/03/14
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer finds Olivia in a bit of an identity crisis. Of course she likes to the star of the show but she's finding that everyone of her peers (including some of the boys) take to dressing as pink princesses at every special event. Olivia, a strong believer in individuality, wants to do something different and wants recognition for it.
Olivia's not against princesses — just the pink, frilly, thing that seems to be the only thing offered to girls her age. She doesn't want to be a princess who needs rescuing. She doesn't want to wear pink frills. She points out that there are other options even among the princesses, like Egyptian, Chinese, or African ones.
Most importantly though is the notion of self expression. She is taking her direction from Martha Graham (whose avante garde style of dance is highlighted on several pages). That is combined with her continued love of black, white, and red.
In the end, Olivia reaches a solution, one that includes a suitable raise in station.