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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (original 1997; edition 2003)

by Gail Carson Levine

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Title:Ella Enchanted
Authors:Gail Carson Levine
Info:Avon Books (2003), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fiction, Fantasy

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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (1997)

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Ella of Frell was given a fairy's "gift" of obedience shortly after she was born. When Ella was older she set out on a quest to find the fairy whom had given her this "gift" in hopes that the curse would be broken. She must fend off her stepsisters, ogres and giants and falls in love with a prince along the way. Ella proves herself as a strong, honorable girl.

Personal Reaction:
This book is a wonderful twist to the "normal" fairytale book. I found myself getting lost in the pages.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have the students make a bookmark with a drawing inspired from a scene in the book.
2. Have children paint a picture of what they think Ella and the prince looked like. Give the students a paper, paints and paint brushes.
  coralea | Mar 26, 2017 |
Poor Ella! When she is born, Lucinda the fairy blesses her with the gift of always being obedient. Is it a gift or a curse? This is also a Cinderella story, but with a different twist.
  edwardcandler | Feb 17, 2017 |
Cinderella with added issues for the leading lady and a memorable, lovable prince. :) ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Cinderella with added issues for the leading lady and a memorable, lovable prince. :) ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
This was as refreshing twist on the Cinderella story. I really enjoyed picking up on the classic themes and experiencing them in a deeper context.

Summary (Spoilers): Ella's Godmother, Lucinda, is the source of much strife for our protagonist, as she is the one to spell Ella with the gift of obedience. Ella is forced to always obey-- no matter what. The only people who were originally aware of this was Ella, her mother and her mother's godmother (Mandy).

On her mother's passing, however, her father remarries Dame Olga, bringing her and her two daughters into the household. Ella is already aware of how horrible the two sisters are from school, and had been horrified to find that the smarter of the two sisters, Hattie, had figured out her secret gift. Ella quickly becomes the household servant for the three new family members.

Ella is constantly reminded of just how dangerous her gift is, and ends up having to deny the man she loves, Prince Charmont, due to the implications her forced obedience could have on the kingdom should she end up princess/queen.

In the end, Ella breaks herself free of her own curse of obedience by her unselfish denial of Charmont. Which, of course, leads to an acceptance thereafter. Happy ending!
  AnnaSavage | Dec 6, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Levine, Gail Carsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cetta, AlTypographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elliott, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riegel, EdenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Every child longs for the day when he or she will be free from meddling parents and bossy grownups. For young Ella, the heroine of Gail Carson Levine's Newbury Honor-winning debut novel, this is more than a fanciful wish; it could be a matter of life or death. Placed under the spell of a blundering fairy, she has no choice but to go through life obeying each and every order--no matter what the consequences may be. "If you commanded me to cut off my own head, I'd have to do it."

Eden Riegel (As the World Turns, Les Miserables) uses her youthful, energetic voice to lead the listener into a familiar world of fairy godmothers, wicked stepsisters, and handsome princes. But this imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story comes with a welcome twist. Instead of a demure heroine patiently awaiting a prince who will carry her off, this Ella is a feisty ball of fire with the courage and ambition to take matters into her own hands.

Riegel narrates in a youthful, energetic tone that is perfectly suited to Ella's character. Her voice adds charm and immediacy to a wonderful story already rich with excitement, adventure, romance, and mystery. (Running time: 5.5 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney

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In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

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