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My Papa, My Prince

Keegan Brown, Katya Tabakh (Illustrator)


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An enchanting dance tale for young ballerinas! Dad will do anything to make his little princess happy, and arriving at dance practice for their waltz is at the top of his list! In My Papa, My Prince, a quartet of hardworking princesses await a waltz from their hardworking Papa princes, when one little girl’s hopes are dashed. Will a roadblock keep a prince and princess from their long-awaited waltz?

Praise For My Papa, My Prince

My Papa, My Prince was chosen as a 2022 Kirkus Reviews “Best Indie Book of April”!

Kirkus Reviews (starred review):

“Four girls wait for their fathers to pick them up from ballet class in this picture book.

Four young ballet dancers with different skin tones, hair colors, and features are all dressed in their leotards and tutus in a performance studio overlooking a rainy city scene. Each is “awaiting a prince from their part of the world,” and the story shifts to the fathers as they travel from their jobs—as a fisherman, train conductor, taxi driver, or briefcase-carrying businessman. Three of the papas have journeys that dovetail: The fisherman takes the train with the conductor, and both get into the taxi driver’s cab. But the last father, after losing his umbrella to the wind, is sidetracked rescuing a dog stranded in a sinkhole. When the three papas arrive at the studio, they dance a waltz with their daughters, and the last girl feels left out and worried. The rest bring her into a group dance, but she sadly leaves the studio—until her father arrives at the last moment. (“And the stars lit a waltz by the sea.”) In this lively and inventive tale, Brown’s rhythmic, dance-centered rhymes focus on the rain and the waltz metaphor, allowing much of the poignant storytelling to happen in the pictures. Tabakh’s beautiful digital illustrations, completed in Procreate, appear hand-drawn, using a painterly style with vivid textures that encourage young readers to pore over the details.

Offering graceful rhymes, this imaginative celebration of fathers and daughters dances across the page.”

4 Blank Books , 9781737744740, 36pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2022

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The concepts for Keegan's books are inspired by moments playing his greatest roles as husband and father. 4 BLANK BOOKS, LLC publishes uplifting and rhythmic books for kids. A company deeply rooted in the performing arts, 4 Blank Books, LLC cherishes its relationships with the dance, performing arts, and local business communities!

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: A 2017 winner of the SCBWI Tomie dePaola Award for illustration, Katya Tabakh spent her childhood immersed in art. As an adult, she still enjoys drawing, painting, making and teaching crafts, animating, and illustrating children's books.