My first children’s book came about when my daughter asked me to draw her a princess. I was excited at the beginning but then felt increasingly heavier feeling as I went on. “She has beautiful hair, and beautiful eyes, and a beautiful dress…”
I was reminded of the other day when my daughter asked me to play princess and knight. “What does the knight do?” I asked. “He fights,” she told me. I then asked her what a princess did, to which she just responded, “She looks beautiful!”
So, as I was drawing this princess, I felt as if I, too, fell into the same limiting narrative.