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Candace finds herself cast out of her home by jealous older sisters, but with the help of a witch woman and a magical moss gown, she captures the heart of the young plantation owner.

After failing to flatter her father as much as her two evil sisters do, Candace is banished from his plantation and only after much time and meeting her Prince Charming, is her father able to appreciate her love.

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Overview


Candace finds herself cast out of her home by jealous older sisters, but with the help of a witch woman and a magical moss gown, she captures the heart of the young plantation owner.

After failing to flatter her father as much as her two evil sisters do, Candace is banished from his plantation and only after much time and meeting her Prince Charming, is her father able to appreciate her love.

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"The smooth-as-silk mix of Hooks' engrossing text and Carrick's elegant illustrations creates a picture story book of magic and drama." School Library Journal, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This delightful retelling of a North Carolina folktale weaves together motifs found in Cinderella and King Lear. A foolish gentleman disowns his youngest daughter when she says plainly, ``Father, I love you more than meat loves salt.'' Cast out, Candace becomes a servant and wears a magical moss gown made by a ``slender green-eyed witch woman'' who acts as her fairy godmother. By story's end Candace has won the heart of the Young Master at the ball and been reunited with her father, who has learned to appreciate her simple but genuine love. Carrick's landscapes, filled with gnarled branches and swamps, eerie moonlight and fireflies, beautifully capture the mood of the eloquent and enchanting story. Ages 59-. (April)
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K-Gr 5 A retelling of a southern folktale also known as Rush Cape and similar to Cap O'Rushes , this is basically a Cinderella story in a King Lear setting. Candace is banished from her home by her planter-father when she does not tell him she loves him in as flowerly terms as her two insincere sisters. Candace's fairy godmother in this case is a green-eyed black witch-woman who gives her a dress made of moss which can turn into a beautiful ballgown by the use of magic words. From then on, the Cinderella elements take over as Candace uses the moss gown to win the heart of the young master at a three-day party held at the plantation where Candace has gone to work as a kitchen maid. In the end, Candace is reunited with her father, who learns how deep a love is which is, as Candace told him, ``More than meat loves salt.'' This is an excellent retelling of an unfamiliar American folktale. It is vivid and engrossing with a highly satisfying ending. Feminists will be pleased that Candace is not a passive Cinderella who lets the Fairy Godmother do all the work, but who, instead, brings about her own turn of events with the help of the witch-woman. The design is elegant, and Carrick's illustrations are splendid: dramatic, colorful, and crowded with pertinent details. A magical choice for both school and public libraries. Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395547939
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald Carrick has illustrated many children's books. He lives in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
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