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Children's Fiction Friendship

Princesses Don't Wear Jeans

by (author) Brenda Bellingham

illustrated by Leanne Franson

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2015
Friendship, Peer Pressure
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3


A modern cover breathes new life into this timeless story about friendship, peer pressure, and winning over the bullies.

Tilly Perkins, the new kid in class, is very different. She has wild hair and wears funny outfits (because, she says, “princesses don’t wear jeans”).

Jeff thinks Tilly is a lot of fun. She tells fantastic stories, and she is brave, generous, and has a great imagination. But the other kids think Tilly is weird.

Tilly doesn’t seem to care what other people say . . . but Jeff does. What will happen if he invites her to his birthday party?

About the authors


Brenda Bellingham
a été travailleuse sociale, enseignante et maman avant de se consacrer à
son métier d'auteure à plein temps. Brenda a écrit de nombreux livres pour
enfants dont Les dragons ne lisent pas de livres, avec Paul et
Lili, Storm Child, et sept livres dans la série Lilly.
Elle vit à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique.


Brenda Bellingham is a mother and former school teacher who rediscovered writing in her late forties. Her numerous children's books include Storm Child, a Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selection, and several titles in the Lilly series. Brenda lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Leanne Franson spent her childhood winters in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, building snow forts while her dad watched hockey games on TV. She was a really bad skater -- but she could draw really well! In 1991, after she finished her BFA in Montreal, she started illustrating books. Leanne is fluently bilingual and has worked on books in English and French, illustrating in total over 100 picture books, chapter books, and textbooks. In 2012, she and her teenage son Benn returned to Saskatchewan, where she draws and makes ceramics in her acreage studio.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Princesses Don’t Wear Jeans:

“Bellingham uses language that is simple and direct, never condescending. She writes in the best sense . . . with realistic characters, natural dialogue, and a fitting plot.” —Canadian Literature

“An easy-to-read chapter book . . . the main characters [are] likeable and the story-line exciting. Recommended.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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