Cinderella in Outer Space

by Wendy Lawrence

Sometimes, a book can speak for itself. Here’s the opening of Interstellar Cinderella:

Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets.

She fixed the robot dishwasher and zoombrooms in her care,
but late each night she snuck away to study ship repair.

interstellarcinderellaThe books continues with the familiar but definitely new story. She can’t go to the ball because her spaceship is broken. But not to worry! The fairy godrobot is here–to fix the ship? No! To give her a new toolbox so she can fix it herself! Another twist parents who are sick of marrying princess might like: She says “no” to the prince’s marriage proposal and suggests she be his chief mechanic instead.

Title: Interstellar Cinderella
Author: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Meg Hunt
Ages: 0 – 7
Genre: Picture Book, Fairy Tale, SciFi? 🙂

This book is coming out in May 2015!

Parents can have fun talking with their children about the differences between this book and other Cinderella stories they’ve read. And asking them which parts they liked better in different versions. Then, it would be super fun to come up with your own version!

Older kids might just be set free with some blank paper and colored pencils.

Younger kids could fill in blanks as you ask them questions: Where do they want their Cinderella to live? In a forest? Under the ocean? On Mars?

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