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Cinderella and Resilience

Today I’m introducing the latest two books I had the pleasure of working on. Both have really meaningful and empowering messages and one determined and brave main character.



What if Cinderella solved her own problems? What if she didn’t have to be saved by a prince to deal with the stepfamily that chose to be mean to her? This revised fairytale is created by Imaginare Studios, a media company working on solving the confidence gap between men and women by targeting the content we read as very young children, using emotional developmental milestones as a guide. These emotional milestones are reflected in this revised classic for modern children; our young protagonist, Danielle, learns to address her challenges in relationship with her stepsisters, but in doing so creates her own adventure that has nothing to do with being saved by a prince!

Written by Kali Bhandari and published in April 2018 by Imaginare Studios, the book is now available at Amazon and Book Depository.

Here’s a little about Imaginare Studios: Our vision is to create content for young children focused on emotional developmental milestones with the goal of building self-confidence. After research into gender roles, confidence, and child development, what we have learned is that children’s most emotionally formative years are ages 0-5, but most confidence-building materials are focused on ages 10+. These materials miss the most powerful developmental opportunity. We propose to solve that problem by providing content to young children that focuses on major emotional and psychological milestones for young children, namely attachment, autonomy and the ability to self-soothe, emotional capacity and social values.

So happy to see that Cinderella is being so well received. ♡

The goal of this book is to provide an enjoyable story that serves as a mechanism for your child exploring emotional ability, autonomy, and the ability to self-soothe. You may also find that your children, especially older readers familiar with the original version of Cinderella, are immediately inspired to pen their own version after reading!

“As first-time publishers, working with Sofia was like a dream come true. Her beautiful illustrations aren’t just enchanting; they take the story of Danielle, our erstwhile Cinderella, forward in ways that we had not even thought about. As she created the sketches, our own image of Cinderella became clearer; who she was, what motivated her, how a girl of her age would act in a forest; all signs of a true artist. But working with Sofia is not just about her talent with illustrating, it is also all the other things she brings to the table: she became a fourth member of our team as she gently led us through the vagaries of printing, self-publishing, book designing, and thinking about how the story would be laid out for young readers, along with her utter belief in our company’s mission, going above and beyond the call of duty each time.” – Imaginare Studios


Meet Emmi! She is resilient, independent and courageous. She always tries her best, and even when the going gets tough, Emmi never gives in. This charming story uses verse and beautiful illustrations to model resilience, persistence, and the ability to face challenges with tenacity. Children who are resilient are brave, curious, confident and problem solvers. Nurturing these traits in our children will go a long way in helping them face the many challenges they will encounter throughout their lives. Also included are Discussion Questions for parents, caregivers and educators, and suggested activities to promote children’s resilience.

Written by Jayneen Sanders and published by Educate2Empower, the book is available at their website shop, Amazon and Book Depository. It was my second time working with Jay (read more about our first collaboration) and once again it was a pleasure working with her and making her story come to life through Emmi – her adventures made me reminiscence so many childhood moments so I really had a lot of fun illustrating the growth and adventures of this little girl.

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