Cinderella (As If You Didn't Already Know the Story)

 
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Cinderella (As If You Didn't Already Know the Story)
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8+
Release Date
June 13, 2006
ISBN
0375836209
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I know, I know. You’ve heard the story a million times before. Mean stepmother. Lots of sweeping. Fancy ball. You remember. Or do you? Did you remember that Cinderella was such a nice girl—so smart and funny? You probably would’ve liked her. Did you know that “Cinderella” was just a nickname? And that her handsome prince loved Jell-o and was a wonderful dancer?

Readers will delight in following Cinderella through all the usual happenings, presented in a most unusual way. And they’ll finally see what becomes of her after she marries the prince. So maybe you should hear the story one last time. Because it’s actually way different than you might have thought. . . .

Kids who have outgrown picture books and are ready for something longer—but still love illustrated texts—will gravitate toward this Cinderella, which was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice selection. Black-and-white silhouettes of everything from the ugly stepsisters to Cinderella’s slipper (actual size) are intermingled with Cinderella’s letters to her recently deceased mother in this totally original package. And don't miss the companion book to this fairy-tale reboot: Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride.

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Sweet Story in Perfect Package
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This story is as sweet as a table full of desserts covered with whipped cream, berries and sprinkles (no yellow ones of course, the prince doesnt like them).

Barbara Ensor has created an engaging retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale in a lovely package. Peppered with letters written by Cinderella to her mother, whos no longer around to smooth Cinderellas sheets and give her a cup of warm milk, the text is also enhanced by charming black and white pictures. Readers can actually measure their own foot against an actual size picture of the famous slipper (I know I did).

What makes this story different is the extension beyond the typical The End. Cinderella and her prince work hard to grow their love as they grow into their own personalities. We learn of our transformed heroine that no one is her boss.

This fairy tale is just right for girls who are ready for a chapter book with a little bit of romance.
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