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Cinderella

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,378 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Brown's illustrated translation of Perrault's tale in which Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper in her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect won the 1955 Caldecott medal.

A free translation from the French of Charles Perrault, with pictures by Marcia Brown.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Aladdin / Turtleback Books (first published 1954)
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Manybooks
Jul 27, 2016 Manybooks rated it liked it  ·  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 am someone who has always as a rule liked the Grimms' version of the Cinderella tale rather more than Perrault's rendition (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 ...more
Ronyell
“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
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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
Cassie Marshall
May 23, 2016 Cassie Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cinderella written and illustrated by Marcia Brown is an award winning Caldecott book and I have rated it 4 stars. I am a princess at heart so obviously I just had to choose this book to read. It is the story that everybody knows fairly well, or at least I would hope so! I've always loved the story of Cinderella since I was a little girl, but the pictures in the book did not do it for me. I'm not sure why, but I just didn't like them hence the rating of a 4. Marcia Brown is a phenomenal story te ...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
Alexandria
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
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Dolly
Oct 03, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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
Kristin
Nov 20, 2012 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecott
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
Jaclyn
Nov 29, 2012 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara
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
Julia Brumfield
A charming variation of Cinderella that is a bit closer to home with its story and peaceful message than some of the others. There is mention of forgiveness and being so much kinder to others within this particular version than in some of the other retellings that we find.

The best thing about this particular book is the way that the illustrations have been done. Even after closing the book and having shelved it for years you will still be able to see the unique yet bright illustrations wheneve
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Fanny
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
Mahrya
Oct 16, 2008 Mahrya rated it liked it  ·  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
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Kaycie
Apr 30, 2014 Kaycie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
Beverly
Oct 02, 2014 Beverly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-folklore
This looks to be one of the first Caldecott Award books that is in full color throughout the book. The mixed-media illustrations are a bit impressionistic, with just a few ink lines to convey faces and personalities, and a sort of "scribbly" look. In this version, Cinderella attends 2 balls. When it is discovered that she is the mysterious princess, her stpesisters beg her forgiveness, and she marries them off to lords at court. I actually prefer other, more romantic, illustrated versions, espec ...more
Robert
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
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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
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Abby Clark
Jan 12, 2015 Abby Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca Minton
Jan 27, 2016 Rebecca Minton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adored this book. I read the illustrated edition which was by far the most beautiful and stunning book I own.
Hollianne Wieland
I am personally a huge fan of the Cinderella story, an enjoy reading all the different versions. Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper is similar to the version I grew up knowing but I found to enjoy the illustrations in this version of Cinderella much more enjoyable! The illustrations are detailed with pen and then colored in with bright pastel colors. I was memorized by the sophistication and attention to detail in each picture. Although I enjoyed the illustrations I found the storyline to be ...more
Nora
Dec 02, 2015 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecotts
Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper is a story we all know very well. Although this story shares some similarities with the famed Disney version, there are some differences, too. A beautiful and kind young girl’s father remarries to an awful, cruel woman with two daughters very like herself, the three of who treat Cinderella terribly. Cinderella, desperate to go, is granted fineries like a coach and gown, by her fairy godmother, and she goes to the ball, delighting the prince. She runs off ju ...more
Jacqueline Luna
Sep 09, 2015 Jacqueline Luna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
PERSONAL REACTION
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.

PURPOSE/USE IN CLASSROOM
-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)
-it w
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Christine
This version of Cinderella is the 1955 Caldecott Medal winner and is translated from what is considered to be the original version of Cinderella by the French author, Charles Perrault. The story has the tale type with motifs from an evil stepmother and stepsisters, magical fairy godmother, glass slipper and the finding of Cinderella’s prince at the end. The illustrations are simplistic, but this adds to the story. Often times the stepsisters and stepmother are shown in just one color while Cinde ...more
Mandie Hill
Apr 25, 2016 Mandie Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Known as one of the classical stories that every little girl knows about and wants to be is Cinderella. I thought the original book did a phenomenal job at describing the story and even included some information I was not aware of. In the Cinderella story most children are aware of, there is only one extravagant ball she attends. In the original story, Cinderella attends two balls and loses her glass slipper at the second ball. Something else that shocked me while reading this book was that Cind ...more
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Marcia Brown has won the Caldecott Medal three times, the only person to do so until David Wiesner in 2007. She is also the winner of the 1977 Regina Medal, a six-time recipent of the Caldecott Honor, and the winner of the 1992 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for her lifetime body of work in children's literature.

Brown continued to paint in her studio in California, focusing on Chinese art instead of c
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