The Souls of Her Feet

Book One of the Fairytale Reality Project


In this colorful and quirky crossover novel, Kristen Caven reimagines Cinderella as a middle American teenager with body image issues. This sweet and slightly twisted version of the beloved fairytale bubbles with amusing character interpretations and emotionally resonant plot twists. The Souls of Her Feet will inspire moms (and dads) into new conversations with their daughters (and sons) about responsibility, being passive or assertive, morality, waste, life choices, cross-dressing, and best of all, cleaning house.

Caven’s postmodern, self-aware emotional fantasy gives the fairy godmother a meaningful relationship with Ashley’s lost parents. (And what teenage girl doesn’t wish a gay uncle figure would magically appear and affirm her personal sensibility in a world of clutter and materialism?) When she finally gets to the prom, wearing just the right shoes, Ashley feels transformed and finally seen for who she is inside. A campy adventure of assisted self-rescue from a childhood gone wrong.

This new (4th) edition contains bonus materials such as essays by the main characters and songs from the musical.

156 pages (English) icon-amazonicon-indieicon-ibooks
ISBN: 978-1-950282-49-4
6×9″ • $13.99
Editions: Blook > Little Pig Productions > Uplift Press (2015, 2019) 

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Children’s Books

Building Emotional Intelligence

by Dr. Pat Palmer


Liking Myself and The Mouse, the Monster, and Me  are indispensable resources for parents, teachers, and counselors to help kids learn emotional skills and assertiveness skills. Reading these books with a child helps build peaceful engagement, self-esteem, emotional openness and good relationships.

Over 500,000 copies of these books have helped generations of children learn vital life skills. Youngsters today need these skills more than ever before. Social and emotional learning can set children and their families on a positive trajectory that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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The Winning Family

Increasing Self-Esteem in Your Children — and Yourself

By Dr. Louise Hart

More than a book on parenting, The Winning Family focuses on the personal development of parents along with the development of their children.

It presents a hopeful model for breaking out of damaging patterns and shaping families characterized by joy and satisfaction, not manipulation and guilt.

Packed with the best information on mental and emotional health, this book sets out in a clear, logical order with the skills adults need to make their children feel loved and worthwhile, and to steer them from trouble.

The Winning Family sets forth in an accessible, compelling format the necessary information to right the wrongs of the past, instead of repeating them. With new information, parents can shift from a fear-based upbringing to love-based interactions with their own children, and enjoy a healthier, happier family.

This book is a classic guide to positive parenting, sprinkled with stories of the author’s experiences while raising two sons and a daughter—and changing intergenerational family patterns.

The Winning Family:

  • Helps develop refreshing ways to enhance bonding, trust, and play, thereby deepening family closeness and joy,
  • Enhances social and emotional well-being that can steer youngsters from risky behavior,
  • Provides strategies for preventing problems, plus practical alternatives to punishment, and
  • Inspires men and women to become the parents they wish they had had.
240 pages (English)
ISBN: 978-0890876893 
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Editions: Dodd, Meade > LifeSkills Press > Celestial Arts > Currently out of print 

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On the Wings of Self-Esteem

A Practical Guide for Personal Transformation

by Dr. Louise Hart with Kristen Caven

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Earth-bound caterpillars transform into soaring butterflies, so why do human beings seem to go through a reverse metamorphosis?  Born as beautiful, expansive creatures, many of us are forced by life’s hardships to become caterpillars.  Over time, our positive, soaring souls become buried under layers of negativity.

“A wonderful book!”Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

On the Wings of Self-Esteem is an uplifting and transforming book in which practical wisdom is presented in a lyrical and accessible manner.  It is a collection of the best information available to help you enhance your most important relationship—with your Self.  The short engaging chapters and exercises result in tiny shifts in thought and action that push you in a better direction every day.

Self-worth—or the lack thereof—dictates how we manage our lives. It is the inborn, unconditional feeling of love and well-being that is absolutely crucial to mental health. This book will help you uncover your wonderful true nature that has been there all along.

140 pages (English)icon-indieicon-amazon
ISBN-10: 0962283444
ISBN-13: 978-0962283444
6×9″ $12.95
Celestial Arts > Uplift Press (2010)

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The Mouse, the Monster & Me

Assertiveness for young people


For Ages 8 & Up

Engaging artwork and exercises illustrate aggressive “monster” and passive “mouse” behaviors, helping young readers identify these characteristics in themselves and in others. This book explores the “me” communication style, based on rights, responsibility, and respect. It teaches healthy non-violent conflict management skills that help kids stop being—or attracting—bullies. When youngsters learn how to assert themselves appropriately, they gain self-esteem and safer, happier relationships.

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ISBN-10: 1892421550
ISBN-13: 978-18924215558×6″ $12.99
Grade Level: 2 – 3
Editions: Impact > Uplift Press > Boulden Publishing (2011)

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Liking Myself

Understanding and managing feelings

By Pat Palmer, Ed. D.
For Ages 5-11

This fun-filled, charmingly illustrated book is full of ideas and exercises to improve self-esteem and assertiveness, and build emotional literacy and communication skills.

Children learn to listen and to talk about their feelings. They also learn how to handle themselves when they feel upset or overwhelmed by encouraging them to write or draw their responses to specific scenarios. Improves relational skills and overall well-being.

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ISBN-10: 1892421534ISBN-13: 978-1892421531
8×6″ $12.99
Age Range: 5 – 11 years
Editions: Impact > Uplift Press > Boulden Publishing (2011)

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