Book Review: Cinderella

Rating: ★★★★★

Given the popularity of Disney’s cartoon Cinderella, there are surprisingly few excellent versions of the original fairy tale available, but if you can get your hands on this one you may have no desire to keep looking.  Kinuko Craft’s version surpasses other versions just as the resplendent Cinderella, in luscious gown and glass slippers, outshone the other women at the prince’s ball.  Craft’s sumptuous paintings are similar to those of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France, and fairy tale purists will be happy to note that her streamlined prose is adapted from Arthur Rackham’s and Andrew Lang’s versions of the classic story.  In the story, a beautiful young woman is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but she is magically transported to the prince’s ball with the help of her kindly fairy godmother.  There her natural beauty (accentuated by the finery lavished on her by the fairy godmother) wins the prince’s heart, and he scours the kingdom to find her — his only clue the glass slipper she left behind in her hurry to be out of sight before the magic spell was broken.

Astonishingly, this book has not been published widely, but is available in public libraries and on the used book market.

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Publication Information: Craft, K.Y.. Cinderella. Chronicle. 2000. ISBN: 1587170043.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 04-08, Books Children Love
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Posted on September 7, 2010

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