I have a friend with a blog (who doesn't these days) who was recently pondering princesses and their impact on little girls (and boys I suppose). The blog is called Green-Eyed Momster and I highly recommend it for all us mamas who are trying to figure out how to raise eco-conscious children in a over-the-top-consumer culture.
Just as I disdain pretty much all things Barbie, I'm not thrilled with the princess hype that takes over so many of our little girls to the point that they, like my daughter, say things like "I'm going to change my name to Cinderella!" Ugh. What messages are they absorbing, soaking up like moisturizer, deep into their skin?
If you've ever disliked the princess culture -- the pink, the sparkle, the shiny shoes, Ariel, Jasmine and Snow White and of course Cinderella, you may be just as thrilled as I was to discover my new favorite book...
"Cinder Edna" is one of the best children's books I think I've ever been lucky enough to run across (in the local coffee house if you can believe it). This book is over 10 years old which leads me to wonder where exactly I've been, but then again I've only recently truly entered the land of the Once Upon a Time as it pertains to the princesses and their kingdoms. So what makes this version of the Cinderella story worth your very limited mama time (and your child's too)? Here's the basic plot:
As neighbors, Cinderella and Cinder Edna are living pretty parallel lives. However while Cinderella sits and mopes about her misfortune in the cinders(thus her name), Cinder Edna makes the best of it learning new recipes and gaining life skills. While Cinderella whines and moans helplessly to her Fairy Godmother for help in getting to the ball, Cinder Edna finally pays off that elegant dress she has had in layaway and takes the bus. You've gotta love this Edna ... and you'll be happy to know that it is indeed Edna who lives happily ever after as a princess even an eco-friendly, sustaina-mama can love!