The Prince's Diary

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Children's Literature
This title complements the publisher's existing list of Cinderella stories (other titles include Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition, and Anklet for a Princess: a Cinderella Story from India). Here Renee Ting switches the story to the prince's viewpoint, offering it up as a series of sequential entries in the young royal's diary. The story opens with the prince falling in love with a beautiful girl fetching water by the creek, and in his mind, naming her Cinderella. A stable of nobles and their eligible daughters notwithstanding, he remains true to this girl. It turns out that she is the orphaned daughter of a gentleman whom the king knew. Her real name is Cynthia, and she lives on the edge of the woods with her stepmother and, naturally, two stepsisters. Written in a wryly amusing voice, the diaries seem a tad passionless in places, especially when the young man writes about having lost the love of his life. Additionally, Cinderella seems a little too stoic, her jaunty tune seeming out of place, especially at a point in the tale when we expect her to be pining away for the prince. Illustrations are pleasant, albeit reminiscent of the Disney Cinderella. Elementary teachers might find this version useful in exploring motifs of Cinderella variants, or in introducing point of view. 2005, Shen's Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Uma Krishnaswami
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885008275
  • Publisher: Shen's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: The Prince's Diary Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,440,361
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    the Cinderella story from the yong Prince's side

    The Prince is the character from the Cinderella tale, retelling this classic from an unusual perspective. On the date June 19 in his diary, the Prince writes, 'I saw Cinderella again today! I was out inspecting a section of broken fence when she came into view...carrying a basket of wet clothes that she hung out to dry.' The story follows the traditional story line, but seems fresh and embellished in being told once again from this novel perspective.

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    beautifully illustrated book

    beautifully illustrated book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Was there a happily ever after?

    I was confused by the ending and expected there to be more. It has a 5 star rating which in my oppinion should be lowered. This is not a book for younger children as it reads long.

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