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If there's one thing the traditional fairy-tale Cinderella is lacking, it's some rip-snortin', gravel-in-the-gizzard gumption. And until her Wild West counterpart, Cindy Ellen, meets her own fairy godmother, she too is sorely deficient in the grit and guts department, even if she is a durn good cowgirl. Cindy Ellen's meaner-than-a-rattlesnake stepmother bullies her into doing all the dirty work on the ranch and forbids her to attend the biggest event of the season, a rodeo and square dance. Enter her spur-jangling, gun-firing, no-nonsense fairy godmother: "Magic is plumb worthless without gumption.... Stop that tomfool blubbering, and let's get busy." And just like that, Cindy is outfitted in the "finest riding clothes west of the East," including a pair of diamond-studded spurs. You can guess the rest. It involves six cactus mice transformed into six dappled horses, a lost diamond spur, and a rodeo champion by the name of Joe Prince.

Simply put, Cindy Ellen is a riot. Joined with Jane Manning's over-the-top illustrations, this sidesplitting retelling of a classic will keep young buckaroos in stitches. Susan Lowell has enchanted readers with several earlier Wild West remakes, including The Bootmaker and the Elves and The Three Little Javelinas. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Savory slang adds punch to this tale, which stresses the fairy godmother's message that `magic is plumb worthless without gumption.' Illustrations lush with cactus-flower colors and pale maize gold enhance this rawhide-and-lace fantasy," said PW. Ages 4-8.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (December 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064438643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064438643
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on August 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When sweet Cindy Ellen's father marries his ornery new wife, she and her nasty daughters take to picking on Cindy. This retelling of the traditional Cinderella tale is full of "twirling swirling" fun. Cindy's fairy godmother helps her get to both the wild and woolly rodeo and the square dance where Cindy Ellen meets the rodeo champion Joe Prince. Of course, sparks fly - as does Cindy at the stroke of midnight, leaving Joe Prince to search out his lost cowgirl. In this version, Cindy Ellen must gather her gumption to receive the fairy godmother's magical gifts and the result is a cowgirl who is strong as well as pretty, making this a positive read for both children and parents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Lamoreaux on July 18, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book to include in a literature unit on Cinderella stories for my second grade class. They loved it. The story was especially fun for us in Oklahoma. Cindy is much more like my girls and the events are more familiar. They don't go to balls or fancy parties yet, but they sure know about rodeos and bar-b-ques.
Any teacher doing Cinderella stories must have this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Cindy Ellen

By Susan Lowell

Cindy Ellen had stepsisters and they didn't let her do anything. One day they got an invitation to a rodeo, and the stepsisters go but they don't let Cindy go and then she got sad. Then her fairy godmother came and changed her into a nice left. At the rodeo and the dance she met the ranchers son. The ranchers son goes around to see who fits the spur then gets to Cindy's house and the stepsisters try it on, it doesn't fit, Cindy tries it on it fits, and the ranchers son and Cindy get married.

The theme is good vs. evil because Cindy Ellen is good and her stepmother is bad and good is trying to win to marry the prince. The message is don't judge a book by its cover because Cindy Ellen thinks she is not beautiful just like how people think books aren't good because of its cover. The genre is fantasy fiction because there is a fairy godmother and magic. I recommend this book to somebody who has problems with there family because Cindy Ellen has a problem with her stepmother and stepsisters.

I liked that it wasn't a regular Cinderella story it was a western Cinderella story. And I liked how different the fairy godmother is dressed; she is dressed like a cowgirl. Also I loved the pictures they actually looked like a real desert. And in some of the pictures they didn't need words. And I really liked that it didn't take place in castles it took place at a desert. Also I liked at tethers end when they rode off they went in a wagon. It was kind of different then others. Also she didn't get rich at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leader Reader on March 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book with my daughters at the public library one day and started looking to buy it from that moment! While my daughters loved it -- I think I liked it more! It is even better if you can read it aloud with a drawl and a western accent. When one of my daughters was in the first grade, they had Dads take turns coming in and reading a couple of books to the children. Some of the boys began to complain when they thought I was going to read them a Cinderella story . . . but by the end of the book, they were fans, too! (Since I don't have any sons, that is the best I can offer from a boys' perspective.)

A great book for everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PhxMom on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Susan Lowell is a genius. You can't help but read her books with a twang in your voice, and my child loves books read with funny voices. Cindy Ellen is great because it's a "cowboy book" that boys and girls alike can really love. Susan Lowell has produced another wonderful re-telling of a classic tale. Jane Manning's pictures are great, too, they really bring life and sparkle to Ms. Lowell's words.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Dunn on February 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
if you have ever seen Cindy Ellen, you have to read it. It has a prince that's really hilarious. And CIndy Ellen has 2 step-sisters. They like to treat Cindy Ellen bad to the bone. --by Meg, age 5 1/2, Feb. 2003
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda MacLellan on November 18, 2014
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This is a good Cinderella story. However, I did not like the fact that the fairy godmother has a gun instead of a magic wand. Not appropriate for the classroom.
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By Zether on November 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The actually book was fun, but as with some of the books I mentioned before, the dialect was way over blown. I read it in the accent. The author did good with that, but the accent was just too strong to render comprehension. It was hard for me to understand what was going on when I had to translate ever single sentence because so much slang and foreign sayings were used. This book was definitely set in Texas. I have never been there, but that was the stereotypical dialect used in this number.

This country western version of Cinderella was okay. It was different enough. Cindy goes to a rodeo and then to a square dance. She loses a hill spur, which is how the guy, who is not a prince, finds her.

The story was interesting enough, but I would not recommend it to anyone who is not willing to read it a few times in a row to understand what is going on in the book.
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