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Hilary Knight's Cinderella by Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight's Cinderella (edition 2001)

by Hilary Knight

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Title:Hilary Knight's Cinderella
Authors:Hilary Knight
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (2001), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
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Tags:folklore, fairy tales, k-3

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Hilary Knight's Cinderella by Hilary Knight



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In this version of Cinderella, the book starts off with a happy family who loves each other very much. Cinderella's mom gets sick and dies. They mourn her loss for many years but eventually the father gets remarried. Some time passes and then the father dies at sea. Cinderella is left with her stepmother and step sisters. They treat her badly but when she marries the prince she chooses to treat them with kindness. I believe the theme here is forgiveness. She chose to take the harder path of forgiveness and forgive her stepsisters for how they treated her. ( )
  Paigealyssa | Apr 25, 2016 |
In this version of Cinderella, the book starts off with a beautiful family who have great lives. Suddenly the mother and wife gets sick and dies, after years of mourning the father remarries to another woman. Time passes as the new family lives together and one day the father dies while at sea. The daughter is left to her step family and is treated badly and given the name Cinderella.
The story is much of the same concepts and ideas of most the normal Cinderellas. Like most others, this does not stay as true to the first story where the step sister self mutilate and end up blind but it does still flow with many of the other renditions. Though different from the original Grimm Brothers tale, this version says true to the "Disney" theme of be kind and good things will come to you and happily ever afters. This is a good retell of the story most every person knows! ( )
  mlanford3 | Feb 16, 2016 |
In this version of Cinderella, the tale begins with Cinderella growing up happily with her mother and father. When her mother dies, he father remarries and allows the stepmother and her wicked daughters to live with them. Throughout it all, Cinderella did what she was told and never said a mean thing, which causes her ending to be a happy one. Beautiful illustrations portray the classic renaissance style setting with carefully designed details and bright colors. In this version, the prince is not a strong, tall, handsome man but more plump with red hair. To me, the illustrations tell the story more than the words do. Unlike the original Grimm Brothers version where Cinderella cries to a magical tree, in this retelling she has a fairy godmother. Like the Disney version, Cinderella forgives her stepmother and sisters. Leaving the theme that if you are kind and do the right things, great things will come your way, this book encourages children to be nice to everyone no matter what. A great retelling of the classic fairytale where they all live happily ever after. ( )
  afrught | Feb 16, 2016 |
This retold story of Cinderella follows the classic tale that everyone knows and loves. There is a magical feel to the story the illustrations going hand in hand with the words to the story. In a certain part of the story when the godmother ask for lizards, mice, rat and pumpkin you can find each item in the picture so it makes the child examine the image to understand the text. ( )
  amccann | Sep 25, 2014 |
A very good Cinderella story that is set near the sea. Cinderella's dad becomes lost at sea and her mother dies. Cinderella is made to live in wretched conditions that led her to sleep in the attic. This book is about Cinderella and include a page about the beautiful mother of Cinderella who died within a week of her illness. The father ends ends up being lost at sea. Cinderella was forced to sleep in the attic. Cinderella also had to help the fairy godmother. In this version Cinderella has a very good ending. The prince marries Cinderella, and the stepmother, and stepsisters treat Cinderella very kindly and all live happily ever after. This is much better than the step mother and step sister live in turmoil. ( )
  sabdelaz | Feb 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375814221, Hardcover)

It's hard to make a story as old and oft-told as Cinderella fresh again. Yet Hilary Knight, best known for his Eloise illustrations, manages to apply his unique wit and familiar illustrative style to the fairy tale while retaining the magic of the original story. Cinderella is lovely, of course, and her nasty sisters are pointy-nosed and outrageously vain. But Knight's depiction of Prince Charming provides a happy departure from tradition: he's pudgy and, well, kind of goofy looking. Modern readers will like Cinderella's slightly more brazen ways, too; although still demure, Cinderella steps right out of the kitchen when the prince arrives at her house with the glass slipper. "Let me try," she says, much to her stepmother and sisters' horror. Astute readers will enjoy picking up on subtle details: the tiny fairy godmother hiding under Cinderella's pumpkin-like stool, Cinderella's mother's gravestone in the front yard, and poor, beleaguered Cinderella's chore list next to the invitation to the Prince's ball. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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After being mistreated by her stepfamily, a young girl receives help from her fairy godmother so that she can attend the palace ball.

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