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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,106 ratings  ·  176 reviews
"The pages sparkle with exquisite artwork and lovely colors". -- The New Yorker"A perfect picture book. The text...(has) a pertness, a kind of sauciness, that refreshes and at the same time reflects its French origin". -- Saturday Review

"This favorite of all fairy tales has been given a lively retelling, made truly magical by some of the most exquisite pictures you ever sa
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Published April 1st 1997 by Turtleback Books (first published 1954)
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Oct 24, 2015 Gundula rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children (and adults) interested in Cinderella tales
While I quite enjoyed the narrative of Marcia Brown's adaptation, I did not absolutely love it. I guess I am someone who has always liked the Grimm's version of the Cinderella tale rather more than the Perrault version (I might not like the violence at the end of the Brothers Grimm's Cinderella all that much, but I have always preferred the idea of Cinderella being helped by the spirit of her dead mother, how she enlists birds to help her with her chores to the Perrault version with its fairy go ...more
“Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is the winner of the Caldecott Medal and is one of the earlier books by Marcia Brown that retells the French fairy tale “Cinderella” about how a miserable girl named Cinderella tries to go to the grand ball with the help of her fairy godmother. “Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is clearly one of Marcia Brown’s most memorable books yet!

Marcia Brown has indeed created many children’s books throughout her life. Imagine my surprise and excitement when
Jessica Jackson
Cinderella, adapted by Marcia Brown, tells the classic tale of Cinderella, a beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. This version of Cinderella is slightly different than the versions I have read and seen in the past. For example, in this version, Cinderella’s father is alive, but Cinderella does not tell him about the cruelty his wife and her daughters bestow upon her, because Cinderella does not want to upset her father. This Caldecott Medal winner includes illustra ...more
Deanna Colburn
This book’s illustrations are very unique because of the changes in detail and color through the story. It seems as though the artist used an airbrush as well as colored pencil throughout the book. At the beginning of the story the illustrations lack detail but as the story progresses more detail is added to the illustrations. For instance, when the Fairy Godmother helps Cinderella and gets her ready for the ball there suddenly is more texture to the illustrations emphasizing the details of her ...more
This is the French version of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. Where a young girl name Cinderella leads a miserable life thanks to her evil step mother and sisters, who make her clean and wait on them hand and foot. Always a dream of Cinderella’s, she asks her fairy godmother to go to the ball, an event that will change her life forever.

The illustrations in Cinderella were not what I would have thought a Caldecott medal winning book would represent. Yet at the same time it was really impress
Oct 03, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
It's always nice to get back to the original fairy tales, the ones that haven't been "Disney-fied." This is a very nice version of the tale, illustrated by Marcia Brown with gorgeous woodcuts.

While the illustrations don't have the crisp lines and vibrant colors of the animated Disney version, they still provide an ample depiction of the story, with very expressive characters and luxurious backgrounds.

We really enjoyed reading this story together and we liked that it was a little different from
Alyssa Pierce
The illustrations by Brown are what make this fairy tale magical. They present a whimsy in their lines; they are always delicate and whimsical in nature and the colors present regality in all of the different settings. Throughout the story, red is used as a symbol of wealth, the stepsisters are draped in it and at the Prince’s part everyone is wearing it. Cinderella has some on her dress that her fair godmother made for her. This clear separation that makes Cinderella stand out during the rest o ...more
Makenzie Sliva
Cinderella is a fairytale about a young girl and her journey to find prince charming. This story is sweet and magical tale that is any young girls dream. It captured my emotions and took me back to childhood as I turned each page. The story has a message of forgiveness as Cinderella forgives her evil step sisters. This is a valuable lesson for young children and it's given nicely throughout this story. My favorite part about this version of Cinderella was the simple illustrations that can be see ...more
Cinderella, a childhood favorite, never fails to bring a smile to my face. I appreciate the story of a young woman who is taken advantage of her wicked stepmother and sisters but continues to dream. Her hopes and dreams are what lead to a happy ending. Contrary to my thoughts of Cinderella, the Disney movie, the illustrations within this book are extremely simple. They look like rough sketches or watercolor. There are not many colors used in the beginning, which is used to show Cinderella’s plac ...more
I really enjoyed this book to due the illustrations because they are great depictions of the characters emotions. I also found that the illustrations reinforced the images I got in my head while reading. These images made me laugh, made me sad, and mad. Two of my favorite illustrations are of Cinderella in the chimney corner and when the king takes Cinderella into the ballroom. The illustration of Cinderella hiding in the chimney corner perfectly depicts her emotions and made me feel how much pa ...more
Bailey Carlson
Cinderella is a Caldecott Medal Winner and I think it definitely deserved to receive that honor. Cinderella is a classic that any child, especially little girls would highly enjoy. The storyline is engaging and keeps you interested as well as on Cinderella's side. The whole time the author has you rooting for Cinderella and hoping that things will work out in her favor which is another reason why I think this book is so special. The illustrations in the book are magnificent as well, I believe th ...more
Filled with delicate but detailed illustrations, this picture book retells the classic Cinderella story by Charles Perrault. Since it was awarded the Caldecott Medal in the year of my birth, I've always been fond of it. In fact, I can remember reading it when I was very young. I still like it even after all these years. While changes in publishing trends and artistic techniques are obvious when comparing a picture book like this one with one published in 2015, for instance, this one stands as a ...more
Elizabeth Westlund
This version of Cinderella adheres more to tradition as it is a version translated from French. It was a Caldecott winner and is uniquely illustrated. Those only familiar with the Disney version will immediately notice many places that the story is different. Some such differences include; Cinderella never expected to go to the ball, the animals are hardly a part of the story except to be changed into horses, the ball is a two night affair, and Cinderella forgives her sisters at the end, even fi ...more
This Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper Illustrated by Marcia Brown is nothing but a good translation from the French version by Charles Perrault. It's the traditional story about a beautiful, sweet, and kind girl whose mother dies when she was little and her father re-marries a woman with two daughters. They are envious of the girl's beauty and made her do all the chores, treating her like their servant which makes her earn the nickname of Cinderella. One day, the king organizes a ball look ...more
L13_Nicole Agee
Cinderella is a Caldecott Medal Book winner, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown from the original version. This heart-warming Cinderella story still has all of the charm and magic as the original. From the pumpkin that gets turned into a beautiful coach with all of the glitz and glamour, to the mice, who are turned into horses, the lizards are turned into six footmen, and with the wave of the fairy godmother's magical wand, Cinderella's rags are turned into a magnificient gown fit for a ...more
Oct 16, 2008 Mahrya rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd through 4th graders
Shelves: juvenilia
Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper Parrault, Charles translated by Brown, Marcia, 1954, Charles Scribner's Sons. Picture book, fantasy, fairy tale, Caldecott Medal.

Description: This is an English translation of the 1697 version of Cinderella. This is the version that is most well-known in America and Europe.

Review: The Cinderella story was first told in ancient Greece. Since then, manifestations have cropped up in cultures all over the globe. Some involve the bones of benevolent spirits, w
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated and translated by Marcia Brown from Charles Perrault’s text is a picture book of the classic story of Cinderella. This is a story about a young lady named Cinderella who is ordered around by her two evil step-sisters and step mother. Cinderella is crushed when they don’t allow her to feel welcome at the Prince’s ball. However, Cinderella has a step-mother who makes her dreams of going to the ball come true. To make summary short, Cinderella en ...more
Review of 1954 edition, translated & illustrated by Marcia Brown, Caldecott Medal (1955)

A pleasant version of the classic tale of the mistreated and neglected young girl whose beauty is matched only by her inner goodness. Despite being ignored by her father and abused by her step mother and step sisters, young Cinderella never affords an ill wish or negative emotion, save despair for her condition.

The illustrations are bright, colorful and sophisticated in a whimsical way; children should de
Elizabeth S
If you are looking for the Caldecott book, be careful which version you read. The version that won the 1955 Caldecott is the one translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown. Since the Caldecott is given for the pictures of the book, be sure to get the right one!

My review for the Marcia Brown version of the story: The pictures seem extremely simple, and yet they have a lot of nice detail. For example, the pictures clearly show how beautiful Cinderella is and how ugly the step-sisters are. A couple
Abby Clark
I enjoyed reading this version of Cinderella. The reason I think I liked this version so much was because of the illustrations. I realized that the more books that I read that Marcia Brown illustrated I tended to like those ones more. The illustrations for Cinderella are so realistic. I think this would be a good book to read to a younger class because they will be able to understand the words, but they will also be able to see the pictures.
Jacqueline Luna
“Cinderella,” is a story about a young girl who lost her mother when she was little. Her father remarried and then she had to live with an awful stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella had the warmest heart and did anything she was told to do, even if it was for her mean stepsisters who called her names. One day, the king’s son organized a ball and everyone was welcome to attend. Cinderella, however, was not allowed to attend because she was not worthy enough. However, Cinderella’s fairy godmothe ...more
Anna Frame
I loved this book. It was similar to the American version that I knew from growing up but I enjoyed the French twist that was put on it. I think that kids of all ages would enjoy this book! The illustrations add a lot to the story and children will love looking at the light colored sketches that fill each page.

-this would be a great book to read aloud to young students (I think it would be more interesting for kids K-2 but it will be enjoyed by all)
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This story is the classic tale of "Cinderella" that everyone has grown to know and love. Cinderella has no parents and live with her evil stepmother and two step-sisters. They are horrible to Cinderella and make her do all the chores in the house, never allowing her any fun. On the night of the Prince's ball Cinderella is given a fairy Godmother who turns her into a beautiful Princess and delivers her to the ball. The only catch is to leave by midnight. On the second night of the ball Cinderella ...more
Meaghan Grady
Cinderella By: Marcia Brown 1954
Meaghan G., Spring 2015
** Traditional Literature #2**

Cinderella is a story about a girl who gets mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. This version of Cinderella was different from other versions of Cinderella that I have read in the past. When reading this version of Cinderella, there were a lot of key differences in the main plots such as Cinderella's father was alive instead of being deceased. The illustrations in this book are very simple and do not s
Marcia Brown’s 1954 Caldecott-winning version of the Cinderella tale is an adaptation of Charles Perrault’s classic, gentle retelling. In Brown’s version we find most of the common elements associated with the classic story: selfish and vain stepsisters, a wicked stepmother, the intercession of a benevolent fairy godmother, a lost glass slipper, a handsome prince, and most importantly, a happily-ever-after ending for our heroine. The story differs somewhat from other versions in that the stepmot ...more
A slightly less ridiculous version of the story. The original, I think. Cinderella is actually an admirable character. She is not only beautiful, but kind. It's rather unrealistic that the stepsisters begged Cinderella for forgiveness once they found out she was good enough for the prince. Charles Perrault, perhaps, didn't examine women very closely. Maybe the point was that the the stepmother was the real trouble and the sisters were just victims...I'm overanalyzing to be sure. This is easily m ...more
This story was a lot like the Cinderella we've come to know today, but still there were differences. There were details left out of this book that were put into the newer version. Also, there were details in this book that are not in the newer version. This story is one of my favorite childhood fairy tales.
Karalee Hoge
I chose this book because I have always enjoyed a Cinderella story and still find something different based on who is telling it. In this version Marcia Brown pairs her translation with beautiful illustrations that remind me of water color and ink, as well as chalk and ink. She leaves many of the lines blurred, which gives it a soft, romantic feel, as well as chose a pastel palate.

I appreciated the retelling and that there was a happy ending for her step-sisters, who are often left out or made i
Maddy Spoon
Cinderella is a rendition of the classic fairytale Cinderella. The story is about a beautiful and kind girl that is mistreated by her stepsister, but ends up capturing the attention of a handsome prince with the help of her fairy godmother. Her whole life changes when she meets the prince, but she remains a beautiful person inside and out. Cinderella even tries to help her stepsisters even though they mistreated her. The illustrations mainly follow and visually show what the words say in the boo ...more
Mykenzie Johnson
The pictures in this book are in both colored pencil and in watercolor. The pictures are all pastel colors so there are not a whole lot of really bright colors to get your attention. The pictures only take up part of the page, which I do not really like, there is also a lot of text with this book. This book is pretty old, and you can tell by the drawings but overall I think it is a good story and that a lot of kids would enjoy reading it. Lower level readers probably could not read this book bec ...more
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Charles Perrault was a French author who laid foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and whose best known tales, offered as if they were pre-existing folk tales, include: Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Bluebeard, Hop o' My Thumb), Diamonds and Toads, Patient Griselda, The Ridiculous Wishes...

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