The Queen Engineer

The Queen Engineer

Written by: Suzanne Hemming
Illustrated by: Jacquie Hughes

In this written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated story, Princess Florence faces gender expectations from her dad, to ‘marry a prince and become a mum’. Florence on the contrary has a different plan for her life. She loves maths and wants to become an engineer, how could she persuade her dad to change his mind? Luckily her mathematical skills come in handy when she has to rescue dad from an accident, and then she realises that she could be both: a Queen and an engineer – that she could be whoever she wants to be. Who helps her in this life discovery is her former nanny who married a princess not a prince and showed Florence how important in life is just to be yourself. Not always to follow what we ought to do.

It is a very well thought book about princesses that includes not only an equality theme but also searching for a true self on many levels. I think it a great book for girls and I hope it will be an inspiration for many young readers and their parents and carers.