Cinder Edna

Cinder Edna


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Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson, Kevin O'Malley

“Exuberant and funny—kids will love this version of the familiar story for its humor and vibrant artwork.” School Library Journal

In Cinder Edna, Ellen Jackson and Kevin O'Malley team up to bring young readers the delightful story of what can be done without the help of a fairy godmother.

Once upon a time there were two girls who lived next door to each other. Cinder Edna was forced to work for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, just as her neighbor, Cinderella, was.

Edna, on the other hand, had learned a thing or two from doing all that housework, such as how to make tuna casserole sixteen different ways and how to get spots off everything from rugs to ladybugs. And she was strong and spunky and knew some good jokes.

Then one day the king announced that he would give a ball ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688162955
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 161,577
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.07(d)
Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

ELLEN JACKSON was born and raised in southern California. As a teenager, she always wished her feet were small and delicate, and tried to cram them into shoes that were several sizes too small. Later, when she read the story of Cinderella to her kindergarten classes, she wondered how anyone could run in glass slippers, much less dance in them.

Now the author of several books for children, Ellen lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she has gladly forgotten the recipes for dozens of ways to make tuna casserole.

Kevin O'Malley has illustrated many entertaining books for children, including Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do! By Stuart J. Murphy, Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson, and his own Carl Caught a Flying Fish.

Kevin O'Malley lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Cinder Edna 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
How many ways do you know of to cook a tuna casserole? If you're Cinder Edna, you know 16 different ways! I absolutely adore this book! I picked it up at my local library many years ago and was enthralled by it. When I saw it in a small town country store in West Virginia, I bought a copy for my own. Cinder Edna is a wonderful counterweight for all the princess fairy tales that are out there. Now, I have nothing against fairy tales. I personally love reading them and love reading re-tellings of them, but I also believe that there needs to be something to balance them. Something that teaches young girls that they have the power to make their own destinies and they don't have to rely on a Fairy Godmother or Prince Charming. Cinder Edna does this. Cinder Edna lives next door to Cinderella. She's treated just as badly by her stepmother and stepsisters, but she doesn't just take her fate lying down. She doesn't sit in the cinders thinking about all her troubles. She learns to cook tuna casserole 16 different ways. She does odd jobs around the neighborhood. She takes the bus to the various places she needs to get to. Maybe she's not as conventionally pretty as Cinderella, but she's spunky and fun-loving. She marries a prince too, but not one who's conceited and vain like Prince Charming; a down-to-earth man who loves her just like she is. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all parents, caregivers, children, teachers, etc. It's one of the best "alternate" fairy tales out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now that my cousins have daughters I'm always on the lookout for books that challenge the norms of girls and princesses an being pretty, pink, and marrying a prince. This is an excellent example of what I look for, even though she does marry a prince. I just can't say enough good things about this book, it's funny, smart, and wonderfully made. The story is fantastic, the artwork is amusing and well done. When ever I run across a girl in need of a book, this will be in the top 2 stories I hand her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Classical fairy tales are cute, but sometimes they seem to be one demensional. This is not the case with Cinder Edna, Cinderella's neighbor who has the same problems the poor princess does, but approaches them by taking care of them herself. There is a happy ending and happily ever after, but no one helps Cinder Edna get there...she does it all on her own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. It proved that everyone can live the fairy tale. In real life you need to put a little effort in to achieve your dream. Sometimes the dream comes when you're not even looking for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old daughter and I love this book! The author did a great job showing how life is what you make of it! I also liked how the story depicted common interests and values over perfect beauty!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this Cinderella book because it's very funny and it's like the real Cinderella story. It was very cool and has great pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Cinder Edna! It was great to read about someone who see's the glass half full instead of half empty. My sisters and I all loved it. It was more realistic to how life really happens than is Cinderella.