Title: Cendrillon by Robert D. San Souci

Bibliography: Souci, R. D. S. (1998). Cendrillion. New York, New York: Aladdin Paperbacks.

Annotation: When a young girl’s mother died, she left her with a magic wand. This young girl worked for a kind woman, who made her the godmother of her daughter just before she passed away. Cendrillon’s father remarried, her stepmother was cruel and made her work as a servant. She never complained but when there was an extravagant ball on the island, she desperately wanted to go. With the help her godmother’s wand, she arrives at the ball dressed as a princess and sparks fly between her and Paul! Cendrillon and her godmother must leave before midnight, before the magic wears off, leaving her shoe behind as they flee. Paul searches the island until he finds Cendrillon, the shoe fit and they lived happily ever after.

Genre: Folktale

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Any young reader interested in the idea of ‘rages to riches’ will love this version of Cinderella!

Personal Response and rating: 5; the combination of colorful illustrations and the twist of the godmother narrating made this version of Cinderella fabulous!

Question: Who tells the story of Cinderella? How does the narrator affect the story?


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