From Publishers Weekly
Elegant paintings of a cavernous castle and an enchanted countryside distinguish this retelling of the transformed maiden. Ages 5-8.
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From the plump pumpkins on the endpapers, to the shifty-eyed stepmother and Cinderella's vibrant ball gown, Koopmans' delicate watercolors provide yet another visual rendering of the familiar tale. Bell's smooth translation follows the traditional story. As Cinderella rides to the palace, her coach radiates light, and Cinderella herself is a blaze of color in her vibrant yellow gown in the brightly lit ballroom. The art lacks Marcia Brown's strong line, Diane Goode's distinctive facial expressions, James Marshall's rumpled goofiness, and Susan Jeffers' graceful elegance, but it is unusual in one respect. Instead of a maidenly Cinderella and manly prince, both protagonists are portrayed as prepubescent children. This unusual interpretation, which will charm some and disturb others, is best suited for larger collections. Linda Perkins
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