PAWTUCKET â Mark Binder, author of the groundbreaking childrenâs book âCinderella Spinderella,â is taking his work one step further with the âPay a Book Forwardâ campaign.
Binder, an award-winning author and story performer, developed âCinderella Spinderellaâ with illustrator Steve Mardo to give readers a choice in how the characters are portrayed. The book can be ordered with Cinderella and the Prince as black, white, Asian, Hispanic or Indian. What began as a spoken-word story of Binderâs turned into a very original way of telling a classic fairytale, allowing readers of all ages and origins to personalize their book.
â âCinderella Spinderellaâ is a book that celebrates diversity and owning your identity,â notes the author. âIt not only teaches a lesson, but it is a beautifully illustrated and really fun story to read.â
Now, Binder aims to bring âCinderella Spinderellaâ to audiences unable to afford copies of their own.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.