Cinderstella: A Tale of Planets Not Princes by Brenda S. Miles & Susan D. Sweet
Published on October 17, 2016.
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.
What a great book! Cinderstella takes the Cinderella story and turns it on its head. During the day, Cinderella helps her stepsisters get ready for the princes ball, but at night she makes her own plans. She looks at the stars and dreams of being an astronaut. When her fairy godmother arrives to get her ready for the ball, Cinderstella tells her she has other plans. The fairy godmother instead gives her a spacesuit and a rocket ship. And the stepsisters decide they have other dreams as well, and the three sisters go into space together.
I love this story. 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 a truly a Cinderella story for the next generation. Cinderstella is a girl after my own heart.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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