From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6–This lightweight retelling of the classic fairy tale will please girls who like undemanding and familiar stories with a twist. In this version, Cinderella writes letters to her dead mama complaining about her evil stepmother and attractive but mean-spirited older stepsisters. She spends her days cleaning, cooking, sewing, and generally feeling miserable and put-upon even though she tries to be nice and accommodating. Readers know how it all ends, and Ensor recounts it dutifully, but adds what happens after the curtain traditionally falls on the story. The two work hard on their marriage, since they barely know one another, and eventually the prince becomes a king and a singer while Cinderella finds the other side of herself–as a talented diplomat fully capable of improving their country and the world all around them. Black-and-white silhouettes are positioned throughout the text but don't add much to the story.–Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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About the Author
Barbara Ensor has written for New York Magazine
, Entertainment Weekly
, Family Life
, The Village Voice
, and numerous other publications and Web sites. Her illustrations have appeared in the New York Times
and elsewhere. This is her first children’s book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.