How Powerful Princess Began
Hi, I’m Erin Kelly and I created Powerful Princess when my daughter, Lydia, became obsessed with Cinderella.
Every day, she put on that ratty blue Cinderella dress that friends had given her. “Can we play Cinderella again, Mom? You be the stepmother.”
The game was boring. And discouraging. My daughter dreamed of scrubbing the floor?
Finally, I said, “Lydia, let’s pretend you’re Princess Cleopatra. You ruled the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Her eyes lit up. And Powerful Princess was born.
I talked to professors at Yale, where I’d studied, about Cleopatra and how she could relate to little girls. I used my skills as a former editor at Fortune magazine to craft stories about real queens from history.
Bingo! She loved it.
“Let’s learn more about Egypt, Mom,” she said.