Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt (Chronicle Books 2015) is the long-overdue retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. It is a perfect way to instill confidence and independence in young readers. This story empowers young girls to chase their dreams and shrug off the stereotyping traps of media and culture. It’s message is just as important for boys to read. But there’s no need to worry about how to get kids to read Interstellar Cinderella. Written in verse and using words not yet imagined when the original Cinderella was written, Underwood weaves a magical tale that’s fun to read for kids and parents.
Teachers could use this book to introduce a writing unit on fractured fairy tales. This was a favorite writing exercise when I taught fourth grade. Using Interstellar Cinderella as a model, also gives kids permission to make up words, which is a sure way to entice any reluctant writers in the class.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, Interstellar Cinderella is a winner and deserves a place on your bookshelf to be read over and over.