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Cinderella Spinderella: Autumn Edition Paperback – September 16, 2014
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I really liked the idea behind Cinderella Spinderella, which is one of the reasons I agreed to review it. I liked the fact that the reader would get to choose different Cinderellas and different princes for the story. The print version I received to review was the Autumn Cinderella and Prince, but the e-version allows for the reader to choose any season Cinderella and any season prince. I was so intrigued by this that I sent a copy to my friend Crystal to read with her daughter Gabby before I even got a chance to read the book. I'm very glad I did, but I will get to their thoughts in a sec. To see all the different variations check out the Cinderella Spinderella website.
I have to say the print copy was absolutely delightful. Let's start with the story itself.
I love the way the author rewrote Cinderella. The modern spin is nice and, while I really dislike the wicked step-sisters, I did get a kick out of their bickering. I also liked their final punishment. I liked how Eleanor finally overcame her sisters and their horrible treatment. I have to say though my favorite part of the story is when Cinderella meets her fairy godmother. I love her line about the glass slippers.
As for the artwork. I love the vibrant colors and how the pictures take up the page but don't distract from the story. They really are wonderful and fun. In the beginning of the book it showed some of the different pictures that would normally be shown in the e-version. A lot of work went into this book and the pictures are proof.
Gabby and her mom loved the e-version as well. Gabby suffers from Rett's Syndrome and is confined to a
wheelchair, among other physical issues, but she really got involved with the story. She liked picking out her Cinderella and her prince and even helped her mom turn the pages. Crystal liked how the book was truthful in how people treat people with disabilities and didn't try to sugar coat it, but how in the end Cinderella was able to show them how wrong they were. To directly quote her:
" It made me angry [the treatment of Cinderella]. But also hopeful that kids can see that children/people in wheelchairs can be every bit as much of a princess as anyone else, just like my Gabbers."
To elaborate a bit more on the angry part, she said it only made her angry because she sees people, even her own Gabby, treated this way everyday. Overall she thinks it's a great book and hopes that everyone would get the chance to read it.
I'm really glad that I was able to get this book for Gabby. I'm glad she enjoyed it. I'm also glad that it gives kids a heroine they can relate to. I want to say thank you to Gabby and her mom for letting me know how much they enjoyed the book.
I received a print copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cinderella Spinderella will surely appeal to children of all ethnicities, since they're now able to choose the Cinderella and Prince they relate to most. Arranged as "seasons", readers can choose from Asian, African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic or Indian (from the Indian subcontinent) characters. Additionally, Cinderella's life is made a bit more difficult, since she is confined to a wheelchair.
I'm all for encouraging tolerance and understanding among the most impressionable members of our society - our children. Cinderella Spinderella is an adorable, interactive take on a much-loved classic that will be sure to entertain and teach children at all levels.
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The multicultural aspect and seasonal changes are an added bonus to the ebook. Try it--you'll love it.