Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella

Bibliographic Information: Lowell, S., & Manning, J. (2000). Cindy ellen: A wild western Cinderella. New York: Scholastic.

Short annotation: The book Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella, is about a girl named Cindy Ellen who was later nicknamed Cinderbottom by her older stepsister and Sanderella by her younger stepsister. Cindy Ellen found herself not being able to attended the rodeo and the square dance, but with the help of her fairy godmother Sugarfood, she was able to attend both and went on to live happily every after with her prince.

The Genre: Fairy tale and Picture Book

Grade level: Preschool to 3rd grade

Readers who will like this book: Some readers who will like this book are young children that enjoy hearing a different twist on  the classic story of Cinderella, parents and teacher that want to show their children/students that by being a good person your dreams will come true and that help will find you.

Personal response and rating:  I would rate this book  a 3; I give this novel a three because I like that they didn’t kill off the father and that Cindy Ellen at the rodeo helps both of her step sisters get up after being bucked off their house. The main thing that I didn’t like was that the father stood by and didn’t help his daughter when he saw that his wife was being mean to her.

Question: What do you think of when you hear something be described as the Wild West?


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