Cinderella

 
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Cinderella
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Release Date
September 11, 2007
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0887768253
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Cynthia lives happily with her father in a big city. Happily, that is, until her father falls in love and remarries. Life with Cynthia’s new stepmother and stepsisters turns out to be grueling and tiresome. Then the king announces that he will throw a grand ball for all his citizens. Cynthia longs to go, but it doesn’t even occur to her stepmother, her stepsisters, or even to herself that she could. Cynthia starts to feel sorry for herself — until her fairy godmother appears and shows her that she has to take control of the situation — and her life.

In Cinderella, author Michèle Marineau breathes new life into Charles Perrault’s timeless classic. Gone are the mouse, the horse and carriage, and the glass slippers, and in their place are a dog chauffeur, a flashy red car, and a modern pointy-toed shoe. Accompanied by charming illustrations by Mylène Pratt, this Cinderella-story is an empowering tale for children to embrace.

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A modern Cinderella story
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Reader reviewed by Marla Arbach, Foreign Correspondent

Cynthia lives with her widowed father in the city, until he remarries and brings a lazy stepmother and two really lazy stepsisters in to the house. All they do is watch TV and sleep while Cynthiaor Cinderella, as they call herkeeps the house clean. One night they get invited to a fabulous party, but Cinderella cant goshe has too much work.

Readers familiar with the original fairy tale will enjoy seeing this contemporary version with its modern illustrations, in which, for example, Cinderellas fairy godmother makes her a ball gown and a car out of vanilla yogurt, raisins and a tomato! An up-to-date Cinderella learns an up-to-date lesson about taking control of her own life, something todays readers will really enjoy.
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