I Am Really A Princess is written by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Paul Meisel and was published in 1993. The story is told as if the main character is a princess and her “real parents”, the King and Queen, would be very upset by the way she was being treated. Having to do chores, doing homework for school, no friends over on the weekdays, and watching over her little sister are just not acceptable for a princess. The book is set in the girl’s home but imagined as a castle with everything a princess could ever need.

This book’s illustrations are especially busy and fill up most of every page. The business and colorful aspects remind me much of what it is like inside of a child’s mind when they are at the peak of their imagination. Throughout the whole story ordinary places in her home become part of a kingdom that is special just for her. This is especially relevant in her bedroom, which I think makes sense because this is where a child’s mind runs most wild and free in the adolescent years. Something that I noted was that the toys laying around her room at the end of the book are the same characters that were imagined earlier in the story like the horse and snake.

I think the main character is portrayed as very self-centered like any young girl her age usually is. She says if she were a princess she would be an only child and have everything she could ever want or need. Though, at the end of the story everything winds back to reality and she enjoys the little things her parents do for her like tuck her in and tickler her. In a way the story has a Home-Away-Home structure to it.