Halima, Superhero Princess hardcover

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  • A young girl struggles when her friends say she can't dress up as her favourite fictional characters because she looks different to them
  • Halima's mother helps her to understand that she is free to dress up as whoever she likes and that there are also many brilliant women of colour she can look up to
  • Features an emotional learning message about celebrating your own identity and feeling free to express your true inner self
  • From African-diaspora author Emily Joof, creator of I Will Swim Next Time
  • Introduces readers to inspiring women of colour, both real and fictional
  • Eye-catching illustrations from Åsa Gilland imbue the story with warmth and energy

Halima is a young Black girl who overcomes her self-doubt, rooted in feeling different from her white friends, and discovers her inner superhero princess. An empowering story about inner belief and self-expression from the author of I Will Swim Next Time.


Halima can't decide who to dress up as for her friend's birthday party. Should she be a princess like Elsa, or a sort-of superhero like Pippi Longstocking? "You can't be either," her friends tell her, "because you don't look like them."

Halima decides she doesn't want to go to the party any more. What's the point if she can't be one of her heroes? Until Mama says Halima can be whoever she wants to be, and together they discover some of the strong, brave women who could inspire her. Can Halima regain her confidence and discover her inner superhero princess?

Heartfelt and uplifting, this empowering story from African-diaspora mother Emily Joof encourages confidence, pride and self-expression in young readers, and introduce them to inspiring women of colour from around the world. Asa Gilland's vibrant and engaging illustrations are full of texture, expression and fun.

Size:292 x 224 mm
Publisher:Floris Books
Illustrations:colour illustrations
Age Range:From 4 to 7 years
Extent:28 pages
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