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Cinderella

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Charming three-dimensional scenes transform the story of Cinderella into a fairy-tale gift to treasure.

Jane Ray?s layered cut-paper artwork elegantly retells the time-honored tale of a scullery maid turned royalty. Six meticulously detailed tableaux include a shabby kitchen, a gorgeous nightscape in a magical garden, and a sparkling ballroom filled with nobles, as well as Cinderella?s iconic gilded pumpkin coach. Side panels unfold to reveal the story?s text and evoke an ...

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Overview

Charming three-dimensional scenes transform the story of Cinderella into a fairy-tale gift to treasure.

Jane Ray’s layered cut-paper artwork elegantly retells the time-honored tale of a scullery maid turned royalty. Six meticulously detailed tableaux include a shabby kitchen, a gorgeous nightscape in a magical garden, and a sparkling ballroom filled with nobles, as well as Cinderella’s iconic gilded pumpkin coach. Side panels unfold to reveal the story’s text and evoke an evening at the theater. Little girls who dream of fairy godmothers will adore this unique portrayal of the world’s most famous princess — no glass slippers required.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
To retell the classic fairy tale, Ray has designed six panoramas with three layers each, inside a curtained stage, set at important points of the story. The text is revealed as curtains are lifted on either side. It is a succinct retelling with the most basic facts of the story. On the first double page, the outside of the house is on the inner level. On the next level, a cutout Cinderella sweeps as her stepmother watches and her stepsisters lounge and primp. The front layer, in all the dioramas, is mainly clear plastic, with a few added details to give depth. On the second double page, Cinderella helps the sisters prepare for the ball. Next we see her dressed and ready to climb into the pumpkin coach; next she is dancing with the prince at the ball; then she loses her slipper in flight; and finally the prince fits the shoe on her foot as the stepmother and sisters watch unhappily and an elegantly-hued bird is seen flying off into a bright sky, symbolizing the happy ending. There is no bad end for the stepmother and sisters here. Abundant elegant details in all three layers of the mixed media illustrations add interest to the plainly told tale. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
A pretty but undistinguished rendition of the tale in six layered tableaux. Opening to a more than 90-degree angle, each spread offers a multileveled stage setting framed with starry curtains, in which figures in 18th-century dress are posed amid elegant surroundings. Ray recycles the almond-eyed beauty and her dusky-skinned royal swain from the similarly designed Snow White (2009). Though the details of clothing and architecture are drawn with a fine precision, the same cannot be said of the figures--whose hands are consistently misshapen and whose features, particularly in the lead characters, have a remote, frozen look. The text, stripped down to a plot summary that allows the stepsisters to keep their feet unchopped and ends with Cinderella's "Yes!" in response to the prince's proposal, is hidden beneath flaps in the wings but will most likely be superfluous anyway. Not entirely trite, as it does feature a biracial couple, but overall, a bland, phoned-in follow-up to a more successful previous outing. (Pop-up/fairy tale. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763661755
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 976,440
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Ray is the author-illustrator of Snow White, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Dollhouse Fairy, and The Apple-Pip Princess and the illustrator of Classic Fairy Tales by Berlie Doherty. Jane Ray lives in London.

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