Cinderstella: A Tale of Planets Not Princes

Cinderstella has plans for her own happily ever after. A future princess she is not. Her calculations and equations are simple enough - she'd rather be an astronaut! Read along in this modern retelling of a beloved fairy tale, as Cinderstella challenges what is expected of her to pursue her true passion and find a universe of opportunity in planets and stars. Includes a Note to Readers that provides suggestions for parents, caregivers, and educators to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and related careers despite lingering gender stereotypes and biases that exist.
Product Description

"The accompanied by charming, humorous illustrations, creating a work that gently encourages children to expand their dreams beyond traditional gender and socioeconomic roles. A note to readers at the end of the story offers suggestions on how caregivers can foster a child's interest in STEM subjects."--Foreword Reviews

"It's nice to see the Cinderella tale being retold in a way that informs girls that it's fine if they aren't interested in stereotypical feminine things....The illustrations are lovely and very colorful with plenty of detail to draw children back to the book again and again.... This is a wonderful addition for people who agree with the book's overall message, but don't have a clue as to where to put ideas into practice."--Portland Book Review

"We are seeing a huge shift in picture books that promote strong female protagonists who don t need a prince or anyone else to come and save them. We have strong willed girls who are perfectly capable of determining their own destiny and that is what we have in Cinderstella."--The Petite Stag

"It's so important to tell our girls stories that aren't tales of princes and princesses living happily ever after. It's important for them to dream of careers, especially those in the STEM fields. This book is not preachy, but it does contain some additional resources for parents at the end on how to encourage girls into STEM pursuits, or at least how not to discourage it. This book is truly a Cinderella story for the next generation. Cinderstella is a girl after my own heart."--Mom's Radius

"Cinderstella dreams big and steps outside gender specific pursuits. Refreshing. Her interest in science, technology and becoming an astronaut, should be encouraged in young children of either gender who show an interest. Valeria Docampo's colorful, lively and dreamy illustrations capture the wonder of what happens when you have a big dream."--Children's Books Heal

Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Magination Press; Illustrated edition (Oct. 17 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1433822709
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1433822704
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 318 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.57 x 1.27 x 25.65 cm

About the Author

Brenda S. Miles, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and school settings. She is an author and co-author of several books for children, includingThe Moment You Were Born: A Story for You and Your Premature Baby,Stickley Sticks to It!: A Frog's Guide to Getting Things Done,Chicken or Egg: Who Comes First?andPrincess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas. Brenda encourages children of all ages to dream big, find joy, and embrace adventure.

Susan D. Sweet, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist and mother of two. She has worked in hospital, school, and community-based settings and is passionate about children's mental health and well-being. Susan hopes worries never overshadow anyone's dreams. Dr. Sweet is the co-author of several books for children, includingJacqueline and the Beanstalk: A Tale of Facing Giant Fears,Princess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas,King Calm: Mindful Gorilla in the City,Cinderstella: A Tale of Planets Not Princes, andChicken or Egg: Who Comes First?Follow her on Facebook: @susansweet.authorpage and on Twitter: @susansweet2

Valeria Docampo's inspiration for her art is rooted in everyday life: the eyes of a dog, the shape of a tree, the sound of rainfall, and the aromas of breakfast. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she studied fine arts and graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. She has illustrated several books for children, includingCinderstellaandPhileas's Fortune. Visit and follow on Facebook: @ValeriaDocampoOfficial

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