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Cinder Edna Paperback – September 24, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
Any teen like me who ISNT one of the pretty or popular girls will get a boost of self-esteem when they read this book. I would reccomend this book to be in psychologist's offices and anorexic hospitals and the like ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
I loved Cinder Edna. Your child will too.
One day the two princes announce a big ball and invite all the women of the kingdom to attend. The six wicked sisters ready themselves through the help of the abused step-sisters. Cinderella's fairy godmother comes along to poof the pretty lass ready. Cinderella's lack of imagination, lack of spunk, lack of proper attitude cannot see a way to the ball. GM has to turn a pumpkin, you know the rest.
Meanwhile, Cinder Edna gets her dress off lay-away, decides to wear her comfortable loafers to dance in, and takes the bus to the ball. There is no effort except her own good attitude. At the ball she finds the handsome prince too stuffed full of himself. Boring, she decides of him. Then she meets Rupert, the younger prince, head of waste recycling and keeper of orphaned kittens and master joke teller. She is known to tell a joke or two herself. They dance the night away.
All good stories must come to an end. The usual hunt for the right foot for the glass slipper, and a woman who can recite 17 tuna casserole recipes play a major role. There is a double wedding (surely this is not a spoiler!). But the big question is: Which couple lives happily ever after?
Cinder Edna is a spunky, fun character - while Cinderella can't get to the ball without her fairy god-mother's help Cinder Edna has organised a dress on Layaway and catches the bus and while there have been discussions I see on here about feminist overtones and environmental issues (all of which are here) the thing I liked most about this is that people really need to earn what they get. We end up rewarded for what we put in. So Cinder Edna and Cinderella really end up with exactly what they put in. I like the concept of consequences and planning.
Anyway, this book makes me laugh. some of the lines are priceless - and my kids adore the story so it works well on both adult and child level
The illustrations are quite neat - I think they much be pastel, and they have a wonderful 50's kitsch feel about them - the step-mother and step-sisters are extraodinary!
I would really recommend this book, it left me with the same feeling the PaperBag Princess did - A real spunky heroine who can look after herself.
There are some utterly classic lines in this book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast delivery, and what's not to like about Cinder Edna! A wonderful book with a delightful twist on the Princess Archetype.Published 16 days ago by Lydia Hart
This book is adorable! Probably best suited for kindergarten and up as it is pretty long. Has a great message and is very well written.Published 2 months ago by Jessica
Independent-minded twist on a the classic "let the prince save the day" storyline. We love Edna's 'can do" attitude!Published 3 months ago by Media Lover
This edition did have one derogatory term in it that I know the updated version doesn't have. Overall this book is a great book for an aware home.Published 7 months ago by CRM