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Walt Disney: Cinderella (Walt Disney's Cinderella) Hardcover – August 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Walt Disney's Cinderella
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423104218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423104216
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cynthia Rylant has written more than 100 children's books, from board books and picture books, to chapter books and novels. Rylant won the Newbery Medal for her novelMissing May,and a Newbery Honor forA Fine White Dust.She's also the author of over 20 Henry and Mudge chapter books, and has illustrated her own picture books, includingDog HeavenandCat Heaven.

More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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This book has beautiful illustrations from Mary Blair.
K. A. Mitchell
This Cinderella book is much more than a children's book; it is a show case for the Art work that inspired the classic Disney film.
David C. Hearn
The illustrations are what prompted me to buy the book.
Rebecca

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. P. McCauley on November 5, 2007
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This unexpectedly powerful version of the Disney Cinderella story may simply amaze you. Visually, it adapts concept art by Mary Blair--who was central to the look of Disney's feature films of Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland, and of his Small World exhibit.

These are not the final images as seen in Disney's film, but more expressionistic and primitive, freer, moodier, rougher, more startling. As art, they stand firmly on their own: extreme contrasts, dramatic compositions, surprising color combinations. (I think these pages would be fascinating to very young artists working with their own very free hands and their own exuberant experiments with color.) Blair's paintings capture and freeze moments of heightened feeling and thought and movement as only a brilliant artist can.

It's so interesting to play these images against those we have in memory from the film and to note how the concept paintings set the image and tone, but also how very powerful they are alone: a small square of bright sunlight warms the wall of a cold dark hallway where a young girl stands waiting--a lesson in mood, color, composition, and visual storytelling. And so is every page.

The storytelling itself is equally fine--a sublime, wise, rich, moving text by Cynthia Rylant. Beautiful unexpected turns of phrase surprise again and again. This is writing of the highest order. And it is perfectly IN place here--in this ageless work of art to which children and adults will return again and again.

"This is a book about Love.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2007
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Wow! I have never seen a kids' picture book with this much sophistication. Though it's published by Disney, it does not have the typical Disney text or use the company's well-known Cinderella artwork. Instead, it retells the famous fairy tale in a spare, evocative style, and illustrates it with the 1950s watercolors that artist Mary Blair created as conceptual pieces for the animators of the classic film.

Here's how it describes when Cinderella meets the Prince at the ball: "How does a young man find his maiden? His heart leads him. He finds her in a room. He asks her to dance. And when he touches her, he knows."

The artwork is remarkable. Blair was Disney's best artist, known for her abstract interpretations that used white as their focal points. These paintings, each understated yet dramatic, represent some of her best work. I can't do them justice with words.

A good companion book, by the way, is The Art And Flair Of Mary Blair.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a feast for both the eyes and ears. The text is sophisticated and completely lovely to read. I have read this several times to my four-year-old daughter and I've enjoyed explaining some of the author's terminology to her. Each time we read it, she picks up on another beautiful line and wants me to explain to her what it means. Some of our favorite lines from the book are "a child of ashes becomes a vision" and "in silence, love found them".

The text and the illustrations work so well together. It is truly unlike any version of Cinderella that I have read or watched. The illustrations are what prompted me to buy the book. Mary Blair is one of my favorite artists and this book has given me the opportunity to study some of her techniques. My daughter is too young to fully appreciate the mastery in the illustrations, but she is definitely picking up on the mood that they were intended to evoke. I'm amazed at how rich and full these illustrations are, even when using a minimal number of colors. I could gush on and on about how wonderful this book is!

Every detail of this book is beautiful. After writing this review, I'm looking forward to reading it to my daughter again very soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on April 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This stunning, sophisticated new adaptation of perhaps the most beloved fairy tale of all time will appeal to children as well as adult collectors. The gorgeous art work comes from veteran Disney artist Mary Blair, who helped define the look of the Cinderella film through her storyboard art, which is used in this handsomely designed volume. The colors of the text pages harmonize beautifully with the tones in the artwork on the opposite page, and the designer intersperses traditional French graphic designs with the text, such as fleur-de-lys. The art work, although recognizable to Disney fans from the movie, has a very different look than typical Disney storybooks, with a more fluid, almost abstract style, in which the figures are often dwarfed by the grandeur of the backgrounds. It is clear that Blair was influenced by 18th century French masters such as Fragonard in her artwork. Cynthia Rylant's retelling of the story is romantic to the extreme, and manages to breathe fresh life into the familiar old tale. She emphasizes the role of Love, dark and lightness, while omitting many of the familiar elements of the Disney film, such as the mice, cats, birds, and other animals who clamor around Cinderella. This magnificent fairy tale adaptation belongs on the shelf of every girl's library. Due to the length of the text, recommended for children four and older.
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