An enchanting story which shows girls that grace and courage come from within
Michelle, age eight, has cerebral palsy and lives at an all-girls orphanage. She is often openly mocked by the other girls because of her need to use a walker for mobility. One day, she spends her hard-earned change for a toy stuffed panda at the local Salvation Army store. When opportunity strikes for the orphanage girls to compete, in manners and deportment, for the privilege of tea with the Queen of England, Michelle's enchanted panda comes to life and her world will never be the same! Readers of this story will
• Gain an appreciation for people with disabilities
• Discover the courage to go after their dreams
• Learn how to treat guests with courtesy and warmth
• See how preparation and practice are the keys to success
• Learn the power of affirmations
• Understand how generosity can change the world.
Praise for The Princess Panda Tea Party
"All children deserve a story they can picture themselves in, and the Princess Panda Tea Party is that story. This is not only a fairy tale for those with Cerebral Palsy, but also a reminder that everyone, regardless of ability, can harness their own amazing powers."
--Lindsey Wiltse, Communications and Program Coordinator, Children's Neurobiological Solutions
"In this moving and modern twist on an old fairytale, Jewel Kats takes us on a journey of endurance, acceptance, and strength. Putting her disability aside, Michelle finds a way to shine in an inspiring way."
--Shaila Abdullah, author of My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy
"The Princess Panda Tea Party weaves together the emotional pain of children faced with being different and the magical hopefulness of finding a way to step outside one's physical limitations and soar as a person. A good read for adults and children regardless of their position in life."
Rick Ritter, MSW, author of Coping with Physical Loss and Disability