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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316779652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316779654
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The glitter on the cover foreshadows the glamour in Ruth Sanderson's retelling of Cinderella (when the fairy godmother transforms her, "Cinderella was thrilled"). Although based on Charles Perrault's classic tale, this version weaves in elements of the Brothers Grimm: Cinderella forgives her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, but when it's time for her to wed the prince, a flock of vengeful birds pecks the terrible trio, confining them to their house. Even as the heroine tends the fire, readers will see her beauty.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 4-8. It takes courage to proffer yet another version of Perrault's classic, but Sanderson, as gifted with the turn of a phrase as she is with the stroke of a brush, delivers an exceptionally exquisite rendering. Her luminous oils conjure up a gorgeous eighteenth-century backdrop, characters in elegant dress, and a richly appointed manor house where Cinderella slaves over her stepmother and stepsisters' demands. Just as Sanderson goes to great length to set the stage, so she paints personality and emotion into each of her characters. Children see a Cinderella who grieves for her deceased mother and a father who is caring and generous but ashamed of, and powerless to stop, his daughter's mistreatment. Among elements from the Brothers Grimm that Sanderson integrates into this telling is a white bird, whose songs soothe the sad girl as it flits among the leaves of a hazel tree, grown from a twig watered by Cinderella's tears. The luxuriously detailed costumes, the blooming gardens, and the characters' realistic features provide abundant visual interest to accompany the elegantly crafted text. Ellen Mandel
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More About the Author

I loved two things the most when I was growing up - fairy tales and horses. And over the past 30-odd years I have been drawing and painting them both for the many books I have illustrated. My latest fairy tale is a new edition of THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, back in print in 2012. Visit www.ruthsanderson.com for the latest about my upcoming books.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
From the offset, this version of the Cinderella tale is a wonderful addition to any children's bookshelf - the story is traditional and the paintings are beautiful. However, if you're like me and are a big fan of Ruth Sanderson's illustrations, it doesn't take much to easily see that this is simply *not* her best work. Newcomers to Sanderson will see only colourful, elaborate paintings; fans will see the wide, obvious brushstrokes that she usually manages to conceal, the hasty composition of the paintings, and the frequent distortions of character's faces (many times Cinderella's nose shape changes from rounded to pointy, and her features often appear rather squished). The detail is also not as refined as in her other books, and within the context of the story Cinderella wears two dresses - one is written as being gold, but appears a rather ugly brown-yellow colour, and the other (that you can see on the title page) is so elabourate and wide it looks a bit garish.
But as I said before, a person will only notice these faults if they are experienced with Sanderson's work, and know that she has done a lot better in the past. For me, it feels as if she needed a quick paycheck, and so hurriedly slapped this book together. However, if this is your first Sanderson book, then your're in luck, because everything from this one is a step up!
In terms of the narrative, there are a few variations on the story, but overall it's your traditional tale. Like she did in her books 'The Crystal Mountain' and 'The Golden Mare, the Firebird and the Magic Ring', Sanderson mixes up two stories to make one (or in this case two *versions* of the same story) taking elements on the classic French version by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on May 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
We all know the story of Cinderella, however, there were two things about this version that sets it apart from the many others of this oft-told tale.
First, the illustrations are exquisite oil paintings which bring a new magic to the story.
The second thing that makes a difference is the relationship between Cinderella & her father. In most other versions, the father loves her to pieces, & then dies. Thus he is unable to save Cinderella from her nasty step-mother. In this telling, the father does not die, he keeps his mouth shut about the way his daughter is treated, for fear of his new wife's anger. I thought it was an interesting twist.
To sum it up, this is one of the better & more realistic Cinderella stories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kotori on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Fine oil paintings, Sanderson is definately improving her illustrative techniques.

The story has taken inspiration from a variety of fairy tales, with Cinderella asking for "the first twig which brushes against your hat on the way home, Father" (and what bit of inanity is that?!) Which she then plants and it turns into a fullgrown hazel tree. A bird roosts there and thereafter helps Cinders with her chores.

Fairy godmother duly appears (with irridescent wings) & summons dress, pumpkin coachmen, as usual. Story continues on in usual fashion, and ends happily ever after.

Other than the twig & bird, there is not a whole lot of improvisation, but that is fine, we need some traditional retellings of the old stories. It is staged with big hooped gowns & powdered wigs, buckled shoes and rich embroidery.

What is exceptionally fine about this book is the paintings. They really are gloriously done, and have none of the insipidity of some of Sanderson's other works, such as The Tempest or so on.

It seems that in allowing her style to be a little rougher, a little looser, artist has been able to express more freely the emotion moving her characters, and allow them more beauty than the simple faces usually portrayed. The control of lighting is excellent, and very pleasing.

kotori Dec 2004 - ojadis@yahoo.com
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This has got to be one of the most beautiful picture books of the Cinderella story classic you can get. The illustrations are oil paintings, and the illustration on the cover is very special, depicting Cinderella in a gown of shimmering white, gold, and pink silk, surrounded by colorful songbirds, with swirls of "magical" glitter dancing around her. The story retold by Sanderson is a blending of different Cinderella stories featuring a magical hazel tree, a special white bird that changes into the beautiful fairy godmother (complete with fairy wings), and all the other more familiar elements including pumpkins, lizards, and mice that go through their magical transformations. Its a special book for your collection, whether you're young or just young at heart.
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By Nancy Meeker on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is indeed ready for the Ball. It is just what I need when I go on the road with my collection of shoes. Several of them are glass shoes as in Cinderella Land. As I tell the story of the many types of shoes in my collection, I always include the Cinderella story. "Did you know that before a mistranslation, it was a fur shoe?" The book is in beautiful condition as promised and exquisitly illustrated. It will add greatly to my pleasure and that of my audience,
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