Review (Plus): Interstellar Cinderella


InterstellarCinderella9781452125329_54cd2A Cinderella story that does not have a pair of glass shoes? What? In this poetic tale of Cinderella, she has left behind her socket wrench!

New York Times bestselling author, Deborah Underwood, has created a unique story of a Cinderella who has tools and sprockets instead of the normal brooms and dustpans. The four line poems are creative and allow the reader to understand a girl can be anything she desires. AND this Cinderella doesn’t want to marry the Prince–she just wants to be his chief mechanic!

Interstellar Cinderella uses a Geom Graphic font, along with muted magenta, silvers and blue colors, to help create the space-like setting. The life-like illustrations of space robots with the creative use of doodles support the overall interstellar viewpoint.

In the store:

Space is a unique and wonderful concept for our little people. They love anything stars, planets and unknown. This unique tale allows the princess-minded young to believe in more than just a Prince Charming. Create a space area where your patrons can make stars, moons or robots. A coloring station with pictures allows your young to stay busy while their parents shop.

In the classroom:

This is a perfect introduction to poetry in the classroom. In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade, poetry is usually taught. After the introduction to poetry, students produce their own poetry. Interstellar Cinderella is a standard four line rhyming poem introducing bound verse, couplets and meter. This is a familiar story told in a unique and new way. The main character and story line provides a foundation for the student giving a segue into the new information: poetry.

(CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.–

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt (Chronicle Books | 9781452125329 | May 5, 2015)


America Grelinger

America Grelinger doesn’t mind if you call her Ms. America. It makes her head swell and she loves the title. America is a former English teacher and has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, now retired to raise two crazy little boys who think the funniest thing on the planet is to burp and toot… which is why she reads. Because it’s cheaper than counseling. Amy and her husband live with those two crazy little boys in Derby, Kansas.