Instead of glass slippers, Cinderella's neighbor Cinder Edna wears comfortable penny loafers to the ball, where she falls in love with the prince's goofy, tender-hearted younger brother. "Full of kid-pleasing jokes," said PW. Ages 5-up.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-This clever, double story follows the fates of two young women. Readers know Cinderella, who works all day, sits in the cinders, and needs her fairy godmother to get the ball moving. But Cinder Edna next door has used her spare time to learn 16 different ways to make tuna casserole and to play the accordian. She earns money by cleaning out parrot cages and mowing lawns, and can she tell jokes. When the dance is announced, she dons the dress she bought on layaway, takes the bus to the ball, and wears loafers for dancing. She wins the attention of Prince Randolph's younger but dorky brother, Rupert, who loves to dance and tell jokes, and runs the palace recycling plant. Both women dash off at the stroke of midnight. The two princes' plans for finding the owners of the lost glass slipper and the beat-up loafer are a hilarious contrast. Ella ends up, of course, with the vain, boorish Randolph. Edna moves into a solar-heated cottage, caring for orphaned kittens and playing duets with her husband Rupert. O'Malley's full-page, full-color illustrations are exuberant and funny. Ella is suitably bubble-headed and self-absorbed while Edna is plain, practical, and bound to enjoy life. Kids will love this version of the familiar story for its humor and vibrant artwork. Buy two copies-one to circulate and the other to hoard for story hours.
Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I love the moral of this story! Super great book to empower young girls! A great contrast to the princess infused life of young girls!Published 3 days ago by Carrie
A fun way to look at Princesses and start a discussion with your child.Published 2 months ago by helen mallory
I purchased this book for my school library when I was working. The students enjoyed it and it was fun to read to groups. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Ervin
i like the story of cinder edna. but I don't like all the judgment the narrator places on cinderella. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Deborah G
I bought this book to use in my third grade classroom. We are in out fairytale reading and writing units and this story was a perfect example of fairytale adaptations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nikole
It's not a terrible book, but it's not really that good either. I think that it would have been better if it had focused on Just "Cinder Edna" and used the entire length... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sophie