Have you heard the story of Cinderella? Well, you don’t know the half of it.
Cinderella had a twin sister, Tinderella. They each did half the housework, half the mending, and half the mean step-sister tending. But when they meet only one prince, what will they do? The whole story has twice the magic and double the fun! From the author The Three Ninja Pigs comes the fractioned fairy tale of Cinderella and her less-famous sister.
Corey Rosen Schwartz always longed to write a fractured fairy tale and got the perfect inspiration from her son. When he was three years old, he was asked if he spoke Spanish. His answer was: “No, but I speak a little karate.” Instantly, the idea hit her . . . the three little pigs could go to ninja school! Corey has no true Ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She is the author of Hop! Plop! and lives in Warren, New Jersey with her two kiddie-chans and incredibly patient husband-san.
Twinderlla is a story of double the fun for storytime or math lessons in fractions. Yes, seriously! As Kirkus Review explains, “Breezy, pun-filled rhymes introduce Cinderella’s twin, Tinderella, who uses math to divide their wicked stepmother’s chore list in half. The fraction theme continues as the girls divide and conquer tending to the mean stepsisters, splitting meager meals, and sharing a bed. And when Prince Charming announces a ball to find himself a bride and their fairy godmother comes to their rescue, the twins know how to divide the trinkets and coach in half. Vibrant, digitally enhanced illustrations rendered in ink, gouache, and watercolor capture all the merriment until, just as in the original tale, one smitten prince is left with one shoe. Since a prince can’t be divided, Tinderella, ever the mathematician, asks the fairy godmother to double him. A fitting ending explains how Cinderella and her prince became famous and wound up on the throne while Tinderella and her prince won the kingdom’s math awards and kept fractions flourishing with baby quadruplets.”
Fractured stories based on fairytales bring real-world STEM concepts into children’s books, and to that I say, “It’s about time we doubled the fun with learning in a seamless way!” BRAVO!
About the Author: Corey Rosen Schwartz is the author of The Three Ninja Pigs, Ninja Red Riding Hood, Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks, and Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears. She has a Masters in Deaf Education from Gallaudet and taught at Lexington School for the Deaf for several years. She’s also worked for an Internet company where she developed educational content for kids. Corey lives in Warren, NJ, with her better half and two young kids. She has no free time, but if she did, she would spend it scuba diving.
About the Illustrator: Deborah Marcero received her BFA in drawing and photography from the University of Michigan, and her MFA in poetry from the School of Art Institute in Chicago. She was a Lead Literacy teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and in her spare time, she loves climbing trees, hiking, swimming, and capturing changes in light with her camera. This is her first picture book.
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