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Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair – An Empowering Fairy Tale

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Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale

Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale

In a Kingdom far, far away lives Cinderella. As expected, she slaves away for her cranky sisters and step-mother. She would dearly love to attend the Royal costume ball and meet the Prince, but her family is totally dead set against it. In fact, they have gone so far as to trash her wheelchair! An unexpected magical endowment to her wheelchair begins a truly enchanted evening and a dance with the Prince. Can true love be far behind?

  • This fairy tale demonstrates people with disabilities can overcome abuse
  • Children with disabilities finally have a Cinderella story they can identify with
  • In this version, Cinderella uses her own abilities to build a new future for herself
  • The connection Cinderella and the Prince share illustrates love surges past mutual attraction

Acclaim for Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair

“An inspiring and exciting read for children of all ages and abilities. Finally here is a book which shows that wheelchair-mobile children can achieve anything. A clever, modern twist on this traditional and much loved story.”
–Joanne Smith, TV Producer, Terry Fox Hall of Fame inductee, Gemini Award winner

“This strength-based present day Cinderella story reminds readers that everyone, including someone with a physical challenge, can have the experiences and relationships they hope to have. This Cinderella found that ‘success was of her own making’. A must have for every school library and therapy office.”
–Theresa Fraser, M.A., Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist, author of: Billy Had To Move

“A wonderful, upbeat, modernized version of a familiar fairy tale. Cinderella’s physical disability is taken in stride, and life goes on regardless. I loved it!”
–Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Child Psychologist, author Please Explain Anxiety to Me

“A magnificent modern-day Cinderella story teaching children of all ages–about creating one’s own success, happiness, and positive self-image while embracing life’s challenges.”
–Sherry Jones Mayo, RN, EMTP, NCCN, author Confessions of a Trauma Junkie

From the Growing With Love Series at Loving Healing Press

JUVENILE FICTION: SOCIAL ISSUES – SPECIAL NEEDS

Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story about Sexual Abuse

Reena wants to be a star…

Reena's Bollywood Dream: A Story about Sexual Abuse

Reena's Bollywood Dream: A Story about Sexual Abuse

…A Bollywood star. Unfortunately, her family won’t stand for it. It doesn’t help that Reena is only eight-years-old. However, a beacon of hope arrives in the form of Uncle Jessi. He’s just emigrated from India to America, and is a welcome addition to her family household. Uncle Jessi and Reena share a special bond. Not only are they old pen pals, but he recognizes her desperation to become a Bollywood actress.

One day, Uncle Jessi plans a secret surprise. He invites her to take part in a pretend acting game. Reena jumps at the chance. At first, she enjoys swinging her hips to Bollywood beats. She smiles brightly at his camera. However, halfway through her performance matters take an unexpected turn. The end results surprise both Reena and Uncle Jessi.

Important lessons come through an action-driven story and beautiful illustrations:

  • Children will learn that sexual abuse is NEVER their fault.
  • Parents and children will be given a launching pad to discuss the warning signs of “grooming.”
  • Children will come away knowing they have the power to say: “NO.”
  • Children will discover that sexual abuse can occur in any cultural group.
  • Children can be assured that they will be believed when reporting inappropriate behavior.
  • Therapists and parents can exhibit that sexual abuse isn’t an off-limits topic.
  • Child abuse survivors will come away knowing they are not alone.

Therapists’ Acclaim for Reena’s Bollywood Dream

Reena’s Bollywood Dream is exceptionally well-written. It works as an educational piece to foster awareness to children and their families regarding the realities of sexual abuse within the South Asian community. This informative book can help alter a child’s life for the better.”
–Sadia Khaliq, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Community Treatment Coordinator, Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

“With a captivating story and beautiful illustration, and with a message that is cross-cultural and educational, Reena’s Bollywood Dream can help children understand the sad reality that there are those who can hurt them but there is also means of staying safe–with others’ help. I recommend this book highly to all families; it can be instrumental to starting a conversation about a difficult topic.”
–Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence

Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues – Sexual Abuse
Family & Relationships : Abuse – Child Abuse
Social Science : Ethnic Studies – Asian American Studies

From the Growing With Love Series at Loving Healing Press