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Book: The Princess Panda Tea Party: A Cerebral Palsy Fairy Tale
Author: Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Richa Kinra
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2014
ISBN-13: 9781615992201 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1615992200 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1615992195 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1615992197 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://www.jewelkats.com (author), http://www.lhpress.com (publisher)
Language level: 2 (the common euphemism “gosh” is used)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kats, Jewel. The Princess Panda Tea Party: A Cerebral Palsy Fairy Tale (published in 2014 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). Can a person with cerebral palsy be self-confident and graceful? Eight year old Michelle has cerebral palsy and lives at an all-girls orphanage. The other girls, especially Josephine, often make fun of her, calling her a “grandma” because of her mobility device, a walker. One day, she has saved up her money to buy a Panda Bear Princess stuffed toy at the Salvation Army store. When Michelle returns to the orphanage, Mrs. Goldsmith, the head mistress, announces that all the girls are to compete in a contest of manners and deportment at a tea party, and three winners will be selected for an exchange student scholarship to spend six months in London under the Queen of England’s care. Michelle begins to cry, knowing that she has no chance of winning due to her disability, and when she opens her Panda Bear Princess box, a tear falls on the toy.
But what happens next is amazing! Princess Panda comes to life and, using Michelle’s therapeutic riding horse Baxter, whisks her off to a castle in the sky where the Princess teaches Michelle all about how to be self-confident and graceful. Is it possible that Michelle might just be able to win the contest after all? Other books in the Fairy Ability Tales series by author Jewel Kats include Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale; The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Tale; and Snow White’s Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale. Not only do all of these stories provide great encouragement for young people who must deal with these various conditions, but they also will be beneficial reading for other children to help them develop a more empathetic understanding of those with such difficulties. The Princess Panda Tea Party is another keeper!