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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Interstellar Cinderella, by Deborah Underwood, reimagines Cinderella in space as a resourceful, hands-on fix-it gal who knows her way around a repair manual and a toolbox and isn't looking to get hitched anytime soon. It's great for girls who love tinkering and princesses and a provocative twist for girls who know the standard fairy tale version.
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What's the story?
Cinderella is off to the ball, but when she runs into the prince, he needs her help -- his spaceship is on fire. Good thing Cinderella spends her days fixing rockets and tinkering around. She helps the prince on his way, but he forgets to get her name or catch a glimpse of her face. Now he'll have to find the one princess in the land who knows how to use a socket wrench.
Is it any good?
INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA is a delightful reworking of Cinderella set in space, with the heroine powered-up with a few extra skills -- namely, the ability to repair a rocket ship at a moment's notice. Here, Cinderella is resourceful, autonomous, kind, and helpful. And, in a fun twist, she and the prince navigate a more modern arrangement for future romance.
With fun, spaced-out rhymes and space-age illustrations in gouache, brush and ink, graphite, and digital, it's an atomic-age take on an ancient fairy tale with all the autonomy and spirited adventure of today. Great for girls who like princesses and tinkering or for parents who want to introduce an alternative ending to the classic fairy tale.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Cinderella's skills. How do you think she got so good at working with tools?
How is this different from other Cinderella books? What's different about the ending? Do you like it? Why, or why not?
Why does the prince want to find Cinderella? What makes her different from her sisters or mom?
- Author: Deborah Underwood
- Illustrator: Meg Hunt
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Book Characters, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Publication date: May 5, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 5
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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