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From Publishers Weekly

As lavish as Craft's (King Midas and the Golden Touch) previous works, this retold fairy tale abounds with ornamental detail. Inspired by the opulent styles of 17th- and 18th-century France, the paintings are confections of luxurious clothing, densely vegetated woods and regally appointed ballrooms. A number of the pictures are breathtaking: Craft's painting of Cinderella's ornate gold carriage flying through the sky is as romantic as any fairy-tale aficionado could wish for. Elaborate initials introduce the narrative on each spread, and the text almost always faces full-page illustrations. The story, adapted from Arthur Rackham's and Andrew Lang's versions, contains pleasing touches as well as a moral. For example, Cinderella and the prince first meet when Cinderella nurses a lame bluebird in the forest; this same bluebird later becomes the fairy godmother. When the glass slipper fits Cinderella, the prince says, "How I knew that day in the woods that you were indeed special, but I should have fully recognized that heart whether clothed in rags or regalia." While this is not the most childlike version of Cinderella, it may be among the most sumptuous. All ages. (Sept.)
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PreSchool-Grade 4-Craft retains some of Perrault's formality and many of his story elements in this sumptuous rendition of the oft-told tale. An introductory note points to sources that include The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book, Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book, and the Grimms' "Aschenputtel," in which a bird grants the wish. Craft incorporates the creature at key points throughout her tale. Early on, a bluebird's injury creates a reason for Cinderella to linger in the forest, whereupon she encounters the prince in her unadorned state. Later, it is transformed into a Maxfield Parrish-inspired fairy godmother. Finally, the prince compares his guest's sweet voice to the warbler that sings at his window. While pulling some visual details from the Art Nouveau tradition-most notably the symbolic gilt peacocks in the cover's border-the oil-over-watercolor scenes are mostly reminiscent of French 17th and 18th-century paintings. A consummate artist, Craft conveys the sheen of pearls, the delicacy of lace, the volume of period fashion. She controls the pace with one-page compositions (faced with bordered, illuminated text) interspersed with wordless double spreads at climactic moments. Groups or individuals will enjoy contrasting this offering to Brian Pinkney's artwork for Robert San Souci's Cendrillon (S & S, 1998) or Alan Schroeder's Smoky Mountain Rose (Puffin, 2000). Make room for this one.
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587170043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587170041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Harrison on June 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I love fairy tales, but I bought this book because Kinuko Y Craft illustrated it. Craft's work is absolutely stunning, not to mention romantic and atmospheric. I buy any book which has a Craft cover (Patricia McKillip's are just wonderful).
But I have to say this, in all honesty, this book just took my breath away. The paintings are almost beyond words. Trust me. You have to see them to know Craft's genius, and as one reviewer wrote, never has Cinderella looked more beautiful, more enchanting, more magical. If I didn't know better, I would think Craft really is part fae. If you love fairy tales, this Cinderella is a must for your collection.
For adults, children, and all who love magic and fantasy.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A gamer dad in Virginia on August 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Another absolutely amazing book by K. Y. Craft. Here she brings us a "more genuine" retelling of the famous tale - far more rich in detail than the Disney production. The pictures are lush images from dreams, and the story is more detailed and enjoyable. If you are looking for an alternative to the Disney version (one in which the sisters are not physically violent with Cinderella) this is the one that will make a young girl's dreams soar. My 3 year old loved it when she got it for Christmas, and it is still a favorite. I also recommend "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by K. Y. Craft as well, which is available in an affordable paperback that should not be missed.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Whitney S. Christiansen on January 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Craft adds quite a bit to Charles Perrault's original terse version of this tale, including a scene with a wounded bird being tended by Cinderella. The bird is reminiscent of the Grimm brothers version, however, and serves a nice touch at the end. It is not the story which is so outstanding about this book, though. I was introduced to Craft's work through my college's poster fair, but nothing prepared me for the exquisite nature of her work in "Cinderella." This version embodies all the fantastic and beautiful elements which we want to see in a fairy tale like "Cinderella," but so often illustrators take an avant-garde approach, or seek to focus on Perrault's prose and ignore the chance to fully realize the story visually. However, we all know the story - we want to SEE it. Craft obliges by bringing the story to life luxuriantly and without holding back. She deserves a hand of applause.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What a magnificent depiction of this timeless tale. If it matters to you that your child know the beauty of words fitly put together and the loveliness of art then this is the Cinderella you want. The language is elegant and the paintings are exquisite. I couldn't stop looking at the paintings and relishing the detail and emotion. I am currently building my daughter's library and how glad I am that I didn't get Disney's Cinderella, for that is not the Cinderella I want her to know.

Kindness, humility and forgiveness constitutes a royal heart. Cinderella had the heart of a queen before she ever came into the presence of her king. That should make her a staple in any child's library.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on October 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The dedication in this book reads: "For All Dreamers." The illustrations are ethereal and lush, very similar to the Cinderella I imagined when I first heard the story in my childhood. Craft takes her readers back to a traditional setting where the gowns are elaborate and the colors are vibrant. Little girls will especially enjoy the illustrations as they dream of their own "princess" dresses.
Fans of Kinuko Y. Craft will adore this new book. Some of you may know her for her illustrations of other children's books such as "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Others may know her as the cover artist of many of Patricia McKillip's beautiful books. However you may know her work, you will enjoy this new edition of Cinderella.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T.M.E.M.R. on August 23, 2003
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I bought this book to read to my daughter until she is old enough to read on her own. I thought the story was intriguing, with multiple prince sightings and the illustrations were absolutely extraordinary. This book is a delight to look at, never mind read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on November 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'll admit that there are so many versions of Cinderella that it must be difficult to devise a new and extra-special retelling. I believe this attempt by Craft is quite good - not great, perhaps - but still very good.

The illustrations, as always with Craft's work, are a feast for the eyes. Craft has an incredible eye for color and detail! The two-page spreads left me wanting even more.

The story is fairly detailed, though I felt more detail would have been even better. And while Craft gives a sense of a bygone age with her choice of words and her characters' speech, sometimes I found myself tripping over the words (and though I appreciate the eloquent words of the prince, they did feel a little too sappy at times).

I think, perhaps, I was hoping for too much from this retelling: I would have liked more on why Cinderella was so kind, and why she put up with her step-family, I would have liked more clarification of why her slippers did not disappear after the stroke of midnight, and certainly I would have liked a better resolution with the step-family than the one presented here.

That said, I thought the final page was sweet, the addition of the prince also falling for "the cinder girl" Cinderella a good one, and especially the twist about the bluebird (both in what the bluebird is, and how Craft used this to illustrate how kind Cinderella is).

Also, a point of note, this is a very G-rated version. No Grimm whatsoever in this retelling.

All in all a very enchanting read, but just know that it doesn't go too far beyond the basic tale.
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