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Cinderella's transformation from poor girl to princess never fails to captivate young ones, and this stellar retelling, exquisitely illustrated by Susan Jeffers, is a must for every library. When the original version of this book was published in 1985, Publishers Weekly called it "a treasure for all ages," and The New York Times declared, "Fairy-tale aficionados will be me ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 23rd 2004 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published 1985)
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Sarah Paige Hunter
Apr 24, 2016 Sarah Paige Hunter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
We all know the classic tale of Cinderella's transformation into a fairytale princess, but this book is an especially wonderful retelling of the old story. Amy Ehrlich writes a beautiful narration and the illustrations make it even better.

This book is a very traditional version of the Cinderella story- quite simply, a young girl goes "from rags to riches." A man's wife dies and he then marries another woman, who makes Cinderella's life quite miserable. She has two evil stepsisters and she is tr
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Anabel
Mar 14, 2012 Anabel rated it it was amazing
After researching many different versions of Cinderella, I have to admit that my favorite book was precisely this one. Retold by Amy Ehrlich in 1985, the story’s plot is almost identical to that of Perrault’s, with the exception that Cinderella is first introduced as “sweet, gentle, and good as gold”, whereas in Perrault’s version, she is simply described as “beautiful and sweet”. The illustrations in Ehrlich’s version of Cinderella demonstrates more depth and seems to include images drawn usin ...more
Brooke Bradford
Annotation: A young girls mother dies and the father soon marries another woman that has two daughters herself. Soon after the step mother made Cinderella start to do the chores around the house and help the sisters with anything they needed. One day the family got invited to go to the ball at the palace, but the evil stepmother would not let Cinderella go. Because Cinderella could not go she was very upset, but her godmother had an idea, and she used her powers to give Cinderella a beautiful dr ...more
Lucila Perez
Dec 06, 2014 Lucila Perez rated it it was amazing
I believe that the story is pretty in many ways . The pictures really tell the story and give it variety. It takes longer to take in the pictures than to read the print on the opposing page. Jeffers' delicate inkstrokes lend a light and airy quality to the story. I would have liked the author to develop all of the characters more. There is little of typical caring for the animals in this story. I missed that because it emphasized Cinderellas isolation from other people, and showed her coping wit ...more
Nikole Rettman
This is a folklore. It has won the Caldecott Honor Book. Cinderella's change from poor young lady to princess never neglects to enamor youthful ones, and this stellar retelling, impeccably delineated by Susan Jeffers, is an absolute necessity for each library. At the point when the first form of this book was distributed in 1985, Distributers Week by week called it "a fortune for all ages," and The New York Times pronounced, "Children's story devotees will be hypnotized." For this hardcover reis ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 22, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
The pictures were beautiful! I spent quite a while pouring over them, figuring out how the illustrator did them and how I might be able to draw like that... I think incredible patience would be required! :)
Penny
Aug 02, 2015 Penny rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fairy-tales
I loved this version of the story. It ends a little happier than most, which makes it a bit of a Disney kind of tale. My littlest loves it and wants it read again and again.

In addition, the artwork is besutiful. Two full spread pictures are included which are visually stunning. It gives the whole story a very elegant feel.

The only mark down on my review is the feel that it's overly happy in the end. The rest of the family is completely glossed over, as though they didn't exist. They were a part
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Mahsa
Jul 30, 2007 Mahsa added it
when i was a child this book was my faveret stori book
Samantha
Mar 15, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing
The pictures in this book are great!
NS Kelley
This is a very traditional version of Cinderella. It is a story about a girl who goes from rags to riches. She is treated unfairly by others but gets a once in lifetime chance to attend the Princes ball. At the ball shes falls in love with the prince but must leave in a hurry. When leaving she leaves behind her shoe. The prince searches for her with the glass slipper.

This book has beautiful illustrations with a lot of detail. The vocabulary is challenging and therefore I would use this book with
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Mary Ann
This is my favorite version of the classic fairy tale, with beautiful illustrations by Susan Jeffers. Her Cinderella is gentle without being overly sweet, more relatable than other versions. The detailed costumes and scenery are absorbing, satisfying children’s yearning for the life of a princess. Warm, soft tones invite readers in again and again.
(NS)Jennifer Reiner
Oct 02, 2009 (NS)Jennifer Reiner rated it really liked it
This version of Cinderella tells the usual tale of the story. A man's wife dies and he marries another woman who makes Cinderella's life miserable. She has two evil step sisters who do everything to make her life awful. One day an invitation for a ball arrives, and Cinderella's fairy godmother gets her ready for the big night. When the clock strikes midnight Cinderella loses her glass slipper. The Prince finds Cinderella and they marry. The art work in the story is just beautiful as well as the ...more
(NS) Becca
Oct 13, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This was a beautiful tale of Cinderella written primarily for older children. The vocabulary is a little challenging, but is rich with detail. The pictures even seemed to match an older population because they were done in pen and ink and didn't seem to jump off of the pages. I do think that the pictures were able to portray a beautiful fairy-tale like atmosphere for some of the scenes, but still not quite as exciting as some of the other books children might read.

This story was slightly differ
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(NS) Laura Jackson
Oct 12, 2009 (NS) Laura Jackson rated it really liked it
This is one of the most well known versions of Cinderella. This is a story of a young girl that goes from rags to riches through the help of her fairy godmother. Cinderella helps her evil stepsisters get ready for the ball. Once the stepsisters and stepmother are off to the ball, she is greeted by a fairy godmother. The fairy godmother helps Cinderella so that she can attend the ball in a beautiful gown. Everyone thinks she is beautiful, including the prince. Once she realizes she is running lat ...more
Cindi
Jun 30, 2011 Cindi rated it it was amazing

This version of Cinderella is true to Perrault's, but is retold by Amy Ehrlich, with illustrations by Susan Jeffers. The illustrations could be described as dream-like. The colors used are soft and have a magical quality to them. Sometimes the entire page is covered with Cinderella and her fairy godmother as the mice are turned into beautiful white horses, other times it seems as if the pictures are dancing around the text. One could look for quite some time at the illustrations and play I-Spy w
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Michael Fitzgerald
Feb 23, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
Very colorful. Some wonderful pictures, especially the two-page spreads. Some others are not so spectacular, particularly in the faces.
Jessica
Jul 29, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
It's beautifully illustrated and I love the adaption of the story. It may be one of my favorite renditions thus far.
Shauna
Apr 23, 2015 Shauna rated it it was amazing
Wow--beautifully illustrated classic version of the fairy tale.
Sarah King
The classic Cinderella fairytale.
Chris
Sep 15, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: elu-221
Great telling of the classic Cinderella story. LOVED the illustrations.
Jamie
Apr 26, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
Different than the Disney Cinderella that most kids are familiar with. Read it to Kindergarten classes to kick off my comparing Cinderella stories, but this was a little long for them, not enough pictures to break up long pages of words.
Anna
Jul 10, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
In my Cinderella collection for my classroom, this was the book I chose for the classic telling of the tale. It is a must for children's bookshelves, as the illustrations by Susan Jeffers are just gorgeous.

Top marks from the young grandsons today!
Jodi Welsh
Nov 14, 2010 Jodi Welsh rated it liked it
Rather ordinary, no surprises. The author changed up a few things but not enough to engage me. I read it a second time to my 3rd grade class and it didn't move most of them either. The illustrations were beautifully done by Susan Jeffers.
Laurie
Apr 01, 2008 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
I love this fairy tale above all fairy tales, but what I love most about this book is the illustrations. If I ever become a children's book illustrator, I would want my books to look like this. Simply breathtaking!
Beth
Apr 06, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
Cinderella forgives her step-sisters and they marry lords of the court that day.
The illustration of the carriage through the forest of white flowers is a favorite of readers/listeners.
NS-Christine Johnson
Oct 14, 2009 NS-Christine Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Another classic Cinderella story by Charles Perrault. The illustrations are very detailed and done in a traditional style. The students will enjoy the large size of the book.
Purplemarya
Dec 13, 2009 Purplemarya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: رمان
واااای!من دیووانه ی اون لباس رو جاد سیندرلا بودم.با اون نقاشی سانسور شده.یادمه رمان خواهرم که رفت یه جلد نو شو خرید دیگه روسری سرش نبود!ه
Kim
Nov 24, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mediocre retelling of Cinderella with mostly lovely illustrations.

themes: Cinderella, fairy god-mothers, family, folktales
Bethany
Jul 28, 2008 Bethany rated it liked it
Cinderella was to clean and happy looking in this story, but it was the story of cinderella none the less.
Mary
A retelling of Cinderella, seemingly very close to the original. Simple but beautiful pictures.
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Amy Ehrlich is the author of more than thirty books for young readers and is also a winner of The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for her novel Joyride, which was also chosen Booklist Choice Best Book of the Decade. She lives on a farm in Northern Vermont with her husband and a great many domestic and agricultural animals.
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