Cinderella

Overview

This story of Cinderella is based on the version collected and published by the seventeenth-century author Charles Perrault. Perrault’s Cinderella echoes the elegance and luxury of the French court of King Louis XIV, and it’s from his version that we get the famous glass slippers. Sarah L. Thomson’s beautiful retelling of the classic fairy tale is matched with the uniquely stunning artwork of Nicoletta Ceccoli. This is a picture book to treasure.
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Overview

This story of Cinderella is based on the version collected and published by the seventeenth-century author Charles Perrault. Perrault’s Cinderella echoes the elegance and luxury of the French court of King Louis XIV, and it’s from his version that we get the famous glass slippers. Sarah L. Thomson’s beautiful retelling of the classic fairy tale is matched with the uniquely stunning artwork of Nicoletta Ceccoli. This is a picture book to treasure.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an introductory note, Thomson (Pirates, Ho!) explains that her version of this fairy tale is based primarily on that of Charles Perrault rather than on the Brothers Grimm adaptation. Accordingly, Ceccoli's (A Dignity of Dragons) digitally enhanced acrylic art evokes the fashions and hairstyles of Perrault's 17th-century France, while maintaining the dreamy, placid quality of the illustrator's earlier work. The gossamer illustrations depict both Cinderella and the prince as considerably younger than many interpretations, giving her an eerie, doll-like fragility and premature sophistication reminiscent of contemporary child beauty queens. The pale blonde heroine maintains a stony countenance throughout, ?revealing little joy or wonder after her metamorphosis by her fairy godmother, when the prince slips the glass slipper ?on her foot, and on their wedding day. Thomson's assured narrative underscores the idea that inner beauty is even more important than outward transformations ("You are dressed like a queen!" Cinder-ella's fairy godmother tells her. "Behave like one as well. Be kind and courteous to all you meet"), yet the emotionally subdued art and text make this a fairly low-key retelling. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—This elegant retelling of the beloved fairy tale follows the story line that Perrault introduced and Disney made so familiar. The gentle text streamlines the story, beginning and ending appropriately with "Once upon a time" and "happily ever after." The fairy godmother appears on cue, applies her magic touch with specific instructions, and then disappears. The prince is rightfully smitten with Cinderella's "gentle eyes and sweet smile." Other than the stepsisters being unable to dance at the wedding due to their sore feet, the story plays out as expected. The dreamlike illustrations and Cinderella's delicate, childlike face and undeveloped figure provide enough room for many little girls to slip inside. The details hint at Louis XIV's style and have the requisite storybook castle perched on a mountaintop at the end of a winding road. The compositions support the text beautifully, moving readers along in muted tones of mostly blues, greens, and Cinderella's brown dress. The closing scene is satisfying as the prince tenderly kisses Cinderella's cheek against a white background with a pink heart-shaped tree and white doves overhead. There's always room for a good retelling of this classic tale and this one will be loved.—Carol S. Surges, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461708
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 204,743
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah L. Thomson has published more than twenty-five books for young readers. She has created fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose, fantasy and realism for age levels from kindergarten through high school. Her books include an adventure about two friends who rescue a dragon’s egg; a picture-book biography of Abraham Lincoln; and a young readers’ version of the best-selling title Three Cups of Tea; along with poetry for picture- book readers and nonfiction I Can Read! titles about tigers, whales, sharks, gorillas, and snakes. She is the author of Pirates, Ho!, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin, and Cinderella, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli. Sarah lives in Portland, Maine, with her daughter, who helps with inspiration, and her two cats, who help by lying on the piece of paper that she needs most. Visit her online: www.sarahlthomson.com
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