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Ella Enchanted Paperback – February 17, 2004
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“As finely designed as a tapestry, with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers’ hearts.” (ALA Booklist (starred review))
“A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
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Ella is a girl with a most unusual gift, and her story has charmed readers and critics alike. Now Miramax Films brings this wholly original Cinderella story to the silver screen, complete with princes, ogres, wicked stepsisters, and a fairy-tale ending fit for a princess.
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Ella Enchanted is the typical fairy tale. Ella was not born poor (though bad business deals by her father do make her end up poor) and at her mother’s funeral she meets the prince. They fall in love, but her “gift” stands in the way of happiness. Ultimately, there is a happily ever after for Ella, but getting there isn’t easy. It’s a fun, sweet read, even for an adult (and, as is typical, the book is WAY better than the movie!).
The writing for this novel is accessible to any age. From young children to adults, everyone can find something to love. The characters are individuals with such sparkle! Ella's gift with languages is uncanny and so much fun as she converses with the different species she meets along her way to find the fairy Lucinda and, hopefully, break her curse! The stepsisters are not just nasty--they have personality, even if those personalities are cunning and evil...and a bit daft. There are wonderful moments of humor--as Ella tries to find new ways to thwart the commands she is given, but especially when a wig is stolen! The relationship between Ella and Prince Char is so sweet--from her desire to make him laugh, to the exchanging of letters while he is away in Ayortha, to their final encounter, it's enough to make you sigh with pleasure. Ella Enchanted is a timeless Gem! Overall rating is 5 out of 5 stars!
VIOLENCE: A few mild instances
SEXUAL CONTENT: NONE
MATURE THEMES: Mild
RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 9+
There is no profanity or sexual content (there is a strain of romance throughout, and two characters kiss, but it is very sweet). The violence centers around the ogres, mostly. They eat living creatures. A horse is eaten. A character is caught by ogres and they talk about which parts they're going to eat (the character is not eaten). Ogres chase down a carriage so they can eat the people inside (again, they're not eaten). Ogres try to eat a human and a gnome. One character dies because of illness. A character always thinks of the worst things that could happen because of a curse (many of them involve death and sadness). Some characters are very cruel to another character (making them become a servant and forcing them to work extremely hard). A few of the themes are overcoming curses (obstacles/difficulties), loss of loved ones, and dealing with difficult people/life situations. I read this book aloud to my children and they loved every minute! Ella Enchanted is a Squeaky Clean Read for ages 9+!
This review was written by Emily
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But a book that originally began as Ms. Levine's writing class project has proved to be something truly wonderful in a world of far too many Cinderella retalings.
The idea here is that the reason Ella (our Cinderella) obeyed her evil stepfamily is because, well, she had to, due to a curse that made her literally obedient to everything command given her.
Despite this, she is a spunky heroine that you cannot help but love and does her best to make the best of her world, with the help of a fussy fairy godmother and the friendship of a handsome prince.
I like the movie allright, but it is so different from the book that is cannot properly do this justice. It seems all sweet and fluffy, but each time I read it I am blown away by its emotional power.
Cute and girly, but still worth its Newberry Honor.
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I read this years ago and I still love it! I wish I could remake the movie but this time with animation because I didn't like Anne Hataway's one...Read more