Once upon a time . . .
There was a singing Cinderella?
Yes, with a voice as flavorful as licorice.
There was also a Crooked Foster Mother and two evil sisters. A Queen Mother Rhythm and a Prince of Music.
And while there's no glass slipper to leave behind at the Great Gospel Convention, there is an enchanted melody for the Prince to search for . . . and to find.
Award-winning author and poet Joyce Carol Thomas and Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz have infused the classic Cinderella tale with a soulful twist.
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Joyce Carol Thomas is an internationally renowned author who received the National Book Award for her first novel, Marked By Fire, and a Coretta Scott King Honor for The Blacker the Berry and for her first picture book, Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea. Her picture book I Have Heard of a Land received a Coretta Scott King Honor and an IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice Award and was an ALA Notable Book. Her other titles include The Gospel Cinderella, Crowning Glory, Gingerbread Days, and A Gathering of Flowers. Ms. Thomas lives in Berkeley, California.
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including smoky night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. Mr. Diaz lives in Southern California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Set in a southern swamp and filled with singing instead of glass slippers, this is a wonderfully soulful rendition of the tradition Cinderella classic by Joyce Carol Thomas, winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor. One day when Queen Mother Rhythm was singing her daughter to sleep, a hurricane swept the basket down the river with the sleeping baby inside. The basket floated to the cottage of Crooked Foster Mother and her twin daughters, Hennie and Minnie. She promptly named the baby Cinderella because she was as "dirty as a cinder pile". Cinderella grew up in her new home doing all of the chores, yet she always sang cheerfully while she worked. Hennie and Minnie, who could only "croak like swamp toads", were very jealous Cinderella. Years later, Queen Mother Rhythm was ready to retire from the Great Gospel Choir. The handsome Prince of Music sent out his Royal Runners to announce the audition for a new lead singer (guess who that turns out to be?). Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz illustrates the story with colors as rich and vibrant as the music. Highly recommended!
Holy crud, woman! What could have been a lovely story was ruined the second Thomas named the villain "Crooked Foster Mother". Did she give no thought to that at all? That one name is just too offensive for me to recommend this to any of my young patrons.