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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Music has its own magic as Princess Lily is about to find out. In Katrina Johnson and Roi Emmanuel Quilario’s Lily’s Song, three princesses demonstrate amazing powers, but Princess Lily doesn’t believe in herself and her power of music. Her oldest sister is a fine swordsperson and her next oldest sister is very talented with magic spells. All Princess Lily can do is sing although she doesn’t really like singing. When the trolls attack and take over the castle, Princess Lily is shocked to see her oldest sister unable to protect them with her sword, and her next oldest sister’s magic is useless. Encouraged by her family to sing, she’s amazed at what happens next.
Katrina Johnson and Roi Emmanuel Quilario’s picture book, Lily’s Song, is an inspiring princess story about courage, inner strength, and self-confidence. It’s always difficult being the youngest child, especially when the older siblings are so talented. The plot follows Princess Lily as she struggles to accept who she is and what magic her talent, her voice, can weave. The language is simple and young readers will instantly feel a bond with the young princess as she struggles with her confidence and her talent. The illustrations are bright, bold, and colorful and add another dimension to the story. Young readers will be dismayed by the meanness of the huge trolls in the illustrations and equally warmed by the soft, inviting characterization of the royal family. This is a great resource to teach young readers to believe in themselves and to accept their hidden powers and strengths. Beautiful story!