Author: Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Richa Kinra
Publisher: Love Healing Press
ISBN: 978-1-61599-112-9

Monique was right. The magic spell did break at midnight. Everything changed back just like that. Other changes happened, too. Cinderella woke up to see life for what it was,” Jewel Kats writes in her children’s book, Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair.

At nineteen pages, this letter sized paperback book has a colorful drawing of a prince with a princess in a wheelchair on the front cover. With no profanity or scary scenes, the tome is targeted toward kindergarten to early elementary school aged children and especially those who are handicapped or are aware of physical disabilities. Due to complicated words, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers while some readers may be confused by incorrectly spelled words. Illustrator Richa Kinra’s colorful drawings cover over half of most of the pages as they relate to the storyline.

Written to any child who has faced an illness, accident or injury such as the writer, this well-known, familiar story has been rewritten with a little twist: Cinderella is in a wheelchair. Yes, she has the mean stepmother and two bratty stepsisters. Yes, she is the one left behind when the three women go to the royal ball, hopefully to catch the eye of the handsome prince. And yes, she is transformed to a beautiful woman who turns back into what she was at the stroke of midnight.

But in this tale, Cinderella makes beautiful jewelry, her stepmother punctures her wheelchair tire, and student fairy godmother, Monique, fixes her costume and turns her wheelchair into a flying mobile. Of course, when the prince sees her flying past the castle window looking like a beautiful butterfly, he is enamored by her. After she gives him a get well card for his ailing father, they dance, both with wheelchair and in his arms. At the twelfth chime on the clock, everything reverts back to normal.

Well, almost everything. Cinderella realizes she needs to change and moves out to her own apartment and has her own jewelry store. Later the handsome prince stops by and they fall in love, eventually marrying. Her stepmom and stepsisters remain mean while she and her husband volunteer by helping the needy.

Although very wordy for a youngster to read, this yarn reiterates that even if one has a disability, she or he can still love and be loved while finding self-worth and self-esteem.

This book was furnished by the publicist for review purposes.

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