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Author: Underwood, Deborah
Illustrator: Hunt, Meg
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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ISBN: 9781452125329

Interstellar Cinderella

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A modern fairy tale for modern ‘makerspace’ libraries, this spin on Cinderalla is enjoyed by a wide range of Elementary aged children.
“Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy sprockets.”
Interstellar Cinderella is able to fix many gadgets after studying ship repair. When the family was invited to the Prince’s Royal Space Parade, of course Cinderella is left behind. Thanks to fairy godrobot, Cinderella gets a chance to speed her ship “across the starry sky” and catch up with the parade. She carries her sonic socket wrench everywhere she goes and thankfully could make use of it at the parade of starships. She certainly makes an impression on the Prince. In Interstellar Cinderella dreams come true for this girl mechanic in a surprise ending.
The story lends itself to the connection between reading and writing. It offers a sound model for a simple story and inspiration for young writers to tackle writing fairytales of their own. The recent surge for MakerSpaces inside school libraries may fit suitably with this modern Cinderella version as students tinker, create and head in to galaxies unknown.
Interstellar Cinderella has large, colourful and engaging illustrations with the use of gouache, brush and ink, graphite, rubylith and digital process.

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