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Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (Princess Tales)
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on May 29, 2017
I get lots of books for my god kids. They enjoyed this story.
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on February 3, 2017
I enjoyed this book it reminded me of a book I had as a child. I recommend it .
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on May 17, 2013
This was a purchase for my 4th grade year old son. He was reading this as a part of his literature circle at school. I ordered an extra copy to read along with him at home. It arrived on time, and I was very pleased with the purchase. :)
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on March 22, 2016
lovely book my niece loved it.
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on October 2, 2013
Wonderful re-write of a well-known fairy tale. Gail Carson Levine puts an interesting twist to the story that makes it a lot of fun.
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on December 14, 2012
I loved this book when I was a kid and I can't wait to give it to my cousin for Christmas!!
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on October 16, 2014
A lot of reviewers compare this book to Ella Enchanted. While they have the same author, it is not fair to compare this novella to a novel - it is necessarily different. That being said, it is a cute story. Yes, it is a little predictable & the brothers are barf-worthy in their condescension, but it's not a bad read. It is also not the best thing since sliced bread. It is a short, easy read - great for children ...who will probably think it's wonderful. This is the only one of the Princess Tales I have read, but if other reviewers are to be believed, this is the best one. Honestly, that makes me a little sad. If you want a good introduction to Levine, I suggest the novels The Two Princesses of Barmarre or Ella Enchanted over this novella, but if you are familiar with her already or just want something short & sweet this may be the story for you.
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on May 6, 2000
Levine has handily won the crowning title of story teller extraordinare! She just gets better and better with each tale she twists as only she can (and probably should). Not the first to make Cinderella a man (remember Jerry Lewis as Cinderfella?), she winningly combines that beloved fairy tale with the tale of the glass mountain for a completely new fable that is sure to win the hearts of romantics (and nutcases) everywhere. If you haven't read the other Princess Tales (and everything else this amazing writer puts out), travel post haste...and grab them while you still can!
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on April 30, 2003
Cinderellis is another one of Gail Carson Levine's magical fairy-tale master pieces, and every bit of this story is enjoyable.
In a twist of the two tales of "The Golden Goose" and "Cinderella" (with a few others swirlled in also!); Cinderellis is a wonderful story of a young boy named Ellis who is considered a dunce in his family because instead of making up words, like his two elder brothers, he likes to tell jokes and think-up powders to make things grow, float, and things like that.
While Ellis is being re-named 'Cinderellis' by his brother's in hope to be friends, a young princess named Marigold is feeling a bit lonely herself. Her father, King Hurumph, travels to find rare and interesting things to put into the castle museum and to entertain his daughter, but always ends up finding the excat oppisite of what he wanted to find! Marigold, though, only wants her father just to be there and spend time with her, but he keeps on insisting that he will find her something-or-another to make her happy. For now, Marigold must confine to be friends with her kitten instead...
Read this book and you'll find out how three horses, a glass hill, golden apples and sticking powder will rid them of their loneliness once and for all!
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on April 7, 2000
Gail Levine seems to be on a one-writer crusade to instill some new millenium sensibilities into well-loved fairy tales. Having a male protagonist is not that only deviation from tradition Levine makes in this little book. The "bad" characters are dim and ignorant more than they are evil and malicious. The "good" characters, for the most part, demonstrate some of the more elevated human traits (patience, intelligence, wit, and optimism.) Moreover, Levine neatly dodges becoming distractingly "polically correct." The writing is excellent - simple yet descriptive. Levine uses humor to temper the "moral of the story" and creates a well-rounded tale while leaving enough room for the imagination to take over. If you want, for yourself or for your children, the magic of fairy tales without the out-of-date stereotypes, Levine's Princess Tales series is an excellent place to start. I also HIGHLY recommend anything by Robin McKinley.
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