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Cinderella by Amy Ehrlich

Cinderella (edition 2004)

by Amy Ehrlich (Author), Susan Jeffers (Illustrator), Amy Ehrilch (Author)

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Authors:Amy Ehrlich (Author)
Other authors:Susan Jeffers (Illustrator), Amy Ehrilch (Author)
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2004), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Fantasy, Picture Books
Tags:Cinderella, Fairy Tale

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Cinderella (retold by Amy Ehrlich) by Charles Perrault



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I liked this book for many reasons. First, the book pushes readers to think about tough issues. Cinderella had the choice of being mean to her 2 stepsisters who were mean to her, but instead she treated her sisters with respect, which shows a lot of class and character. I also liked this book because it had an interesting plot. Cinderella struggles with being bullied by her sisters. Then she gets a chance to go to a ball and dress up as her sisters do. Everyone realizes that Cinderella is beautiful but not only because of her looks, but because she is kind to everyone. The story ends with Cinderella getting recognition for both her beauty and kind heart. The purpose of this book is to explain that beauty is not just about how you look but also how you treat people. This book also teachers readers to treat others with respect even if they don’t always respect you. ( )
  Rwatts3 | Feb 28, 2017 |
This story takes place during the Medieval time period. This is a "royal" adaptation of the classic story of Cinderella. It follows the typical story of Cinderella, but with an English twist. Cinderella is constantly tormented by her step sisters. She is mocked and bullied throughout the story. Cinderella never falters; nor does she complain. She makes a kind statement that causes her godmother to appear to her. Cinderella is then granted a beautiful dress with various other luxuries and goes to a ball. After midnight strikes, she flees the ball. After the prince discovers that she was his mystery woman, she asks for her step sisters to stay in their palace. This story is quite endearing and has stood the test of time. ( )
  hlmusiclover | Oct 21, 2014 |
This rendition of Cinderella, while similar to Disney's in many ways, includes an emphasis on the forgiving character of Cinderella. The illustrations are beautiful. I thought it was a very sweet retelling of a story we've heard before, and could be useful for helping model forgiveness with younger children. ( )
  Laene | Mar 9, 2013 |
I read this book to my little child because I love Jeffers art work and it had great reviews. The story was different from the Disney version, and I actually liked it much better because it shows how people can make mistakes and others can forgive. When I explained to my daughter that it is slightly a different version from what she is used to, she said that did not care it was still a great story. And she paid attention to it through the entire book like I had not seen before with the other Cinderella stories. She also loved the art work on the pages. I highly recommend this book to any little girl who is in to the princesses.
  gjchauvin504 | Nov 26, 2012 |
This week we read three versions of Cinderella. Cinderella is a very common story that has been retold in many different ways. We read the original, a Middle Eastern version, and a Chinese version.
Obviously, all of the settings were different. Each book was set in a different part of the world, but they also lived in different kinds of homes. The original Cinderella is European, set in a kingdom. In the Middle Eastern version, Maha lives in the fishermen’s part of the city in a hut. In the Chinese version, Yeh-Shen lives in a cave home. Although, Cinderella and Yeh-Shen each marry a prince and live in a palace at the end of their books.
The general plot in each story is the same: a girl’s father marries and she gains a step mother and sister(s), they make her clean like a servant, someone with magical qualities helps transform the girl in beautiful clothes so she can go out, she loses a shoe, a man searches for her after finding the shoe, and they marry, living happily ever after. Some specifics of the plot are different in each story though.
In Cinderella, her fairy Godmother transforms her so she can go to the ball. The magic in the other two versions comes from a fish. In The Golden Sandal, Maha helps save a little fish and in return, he promises to help her with whatever she wishes. The little fish provides Maha with clothes so she can go to the bride’s Henna and be noticed by mothers of single men. In Yeh-Shen, the bones of her pet fish have magical qualities that allow her to make wishes on them. She wishes to be able to go to the festival so she can meet someone to marry.
Each of the girls has small feet and loses a shoe on her way home. Cinderella loses a glass slipper; the prince finds it and has his men try the slipper on every eligible young woman in the kingdom. Maha loses her golden sandal on the way home from the Henna, the bride’s brother, Tariq, finds it and has his mother search for the girl it belongs to. Yeh-Shen loses her golden slipper on the way home from the festival and when the king acquires it, he sets it out for the owner to claim.
In every version, the girl finds a man to marry, but in a different way. Cinderella meets the prince at a ball; when the prince’s men find that the glass slipper fits her foot she marries the prince. The bride’s mother finds Maha and she becomes engaged to her son; they meet face-to-face at their wedding. After Yeh-Shen claims the slipper and takes it home, the king follows her and this is where they first meet. Yeh-Shen puts her golden slippers on and is transformed once again, and the king knows this is the woman he must marry.
The ending is different in each book. Cinderella marries the prince, moves to the palace, and allows her two stepsisters to move in with her, where they also meet someone to marry. Maha marries the Tariq and they have seven children; Tariq’s brother disgracefully rejects her stepsister. Yeh-Shen marries the king and they live in the palace; her stepmother and sister are not allowed to move with her and are forced to stay in their cave home. Yeh-Shen’s stepmother and sister are crushed to death when stones fall on their cave. Yeh-Shen’s story had the most negative outcome for the stepfamily, while Cinderella’s had the most positive.
  HardenB | Oct 26, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Charles Perraultprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ehrlich, AmyAdaptationmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jeffers, SusanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525473459, Hardcover)

Cinderella's transformation from poor girl to princess never fails to captivate young ones, and this stellar retelling, exquisitely illustrated by Susan Jeffers, is a must for every library. When the original version of this book was published in 1985, Publishers Weekly called it "a treasure for all ages," and The New York Times declared, "Fairy-tale aficionados will be mesmerized." For this hardcover reissue, Susan Jeffers retouched her pen-and- ink and dye illustrations, making them even richer. Her brilliant artwork is showcased in a new interior design featuring a fifth-color gold border. Embossed gold foil type on the jacket of this large-format picture book trumpets the arrival of the girl who went from rags to riches.

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In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.

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