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Cinderella's Secret Slipper (Classic Fairy Tales with a Modern Twist) Paperback – Large Print, February 5, 2015
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Comical and neat, with unusual twists and turns, this retold tale will immediately grab children’s attention and will make them wonder who can fix Cinderella’s problem. Children and parents will enjoy the silliness of the story and will chuckle at the whimsy of the amusing characters. Simple but fun illustrations pull the whole story together. The artwork is full of expression and wit and could tell the story on its own.
Mrs. D., award-winning children’s author
For children of all ages who wonder what happens when characters are said to live happily ever after, Ms Rutkowska gives us a glimpse, and does so with her usual cleverness and creative thinking. The story is strikingly illustrated, beautifully written, and highly recommended by this writer.
Dan Cohen, award-winning children’s author
Brilliant, bright-colored illustrations are a delightful addition to this enchanted story. And, there’s a “quiz” at the end to ensure young readers comprehend the story. I give Cinderella’s Secret Slipper a “five star” rating!
Debra Latiolais, award-winning children’s author
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You MUST have this book. It is sure to become a cherished story for many years to come. I did receive a copy of this book from the author. But this is an HONEST review. You will love it!
From the Shoe Store to the Glass Repair store, Cinderella went, desperately trying to find someone to fix her glass slipper. Nobody could fix it, so she decided to go for a walk to her favorite place to relax, the Enchanted Forest. There she began to cheer up, noticing the beautiful flowers and the birds chirping cheerfully...she heard a voice say "You're back, my child." it was her Fairy Godmother! The Fairy Godmother fixed Cinderella's shoes just in time for the party. And when it was time for their son to open his presents, The Prince gave Junior a special gift...a mosquito bat, so he wouldn't use his mothers shoes anymore. The Prince being the romantic he is, gave Cinderella a gift too...inside was a new pair of glass slippers, "Just in case Junior loses his bat."
Cinderella's Secret Slipper is an adorable read with colorful and fun illustrations by Konrad Checinski. It's exciting to see another take on Cinderella, in her happily ever after life with the Prince and their growing family. It's a story little girls all over the world will love!
I received a complimentary copy to review. All opinions my own.
Cinderella and Prince Charming have been married for a while, and their son Junior's fourth birthday is coming up. He's received some great presents for past birthdays (I have to admit that I'm kind of jealous of Junior – where's my birthday dragon?), and decide this year to throw him a huge formal birthday gala. The Prince suggests that Cinderella should wear the glass slippers she was wearing when they first met. But when Cinderella goes to retrieve her glass slippers from her wardrobe, that's when the trouble begins.
Precocious young Junior has acquired one of his mother's slippers and uses it to chase down and squash a mosquito on the wall. Unfortunately, being made of glass instead of something more reasonable like, say, leather, the shoe shatters into hundreds of pieces.
The rest of the story involves Cinderella's attempts to get her shoe repaired before the big event (after declining Junior's offer to super-glue it). Just when all seems lost, a solution magically appears. The ending to the story is very cute, and of course Cinderella, the Prince, and Junior all live happily ever after.
The story concludes with a reading comprehension quiz (which obviously can be skipped over if so desired – my son is just shy of two years old, so not much for answering questions about the stories we read yet). And the "original" Cinderella story (the sanitized, non-gory version) is included at the very end of the book.
The illustrations are simple and fun, full of bright colors in an almost caricature-style of artwork that younger kids find appealing. The mosquito that Junior squashes is the size of the kid's head – the illustrator has clearly visited northern Michigan at some point! And I love the expression on the bug's face on the page where Junior opens his birthday present.
Keep in mind that this is a variation of a classic fairy tale – it's not meant to be realistic. So yes, the young prince receives extravagant birthday gifts, receives no consequences for his careless behavior with his mother's glass slipper (other than a small "fuming mad" cloud that appears over Cinderella's head when her shoe gets broken), and yes, there are other parts where disbelief must be suspended. Remember, this is a story that began with a fairy godmother who turned a pumpkin into a coach and mice into horses and coachmen after conjuring a beautiful gown and glass slippers (that don't break even after being worn and danced on for hours) out of thin air. It's really not meant to be realistic, but rather fun and fanciful.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own.
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