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Joe Cinders

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews

A southwestern Cinderella story with a twist.

"Way out West, where dreams come true, lived a poor cowboy named Joe Cinders."

Joe does all the chores while his mean stepbrothers, Buck, Bart, and Butch Bronco, spend their days counting buzzards in the sky. When pretty Miss Rosalinda invites them to her fall fiesta, the Bronco boys are determined that one of them will sashay he
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 4th 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Oct 09, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
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Alexa Maring
Apr 06, 2011 Alexa Maring rated it really liked it
Love the "Cinderella" twist! We always read about a girl who is forced to do chores, but what about the boys! Where is the classic tale where the main character is a boy? Marianne Mitchell does a fantastic dog of turning the Disney Cinderella story into a fairy tale for boys. You can use this in your comparison series of "Cinderella" and the boys in the group will relate to this story much better than a princess or a girl forced to do house chores. Another wonderful aspect of this book is the se ...more
(NS) Sue
Oct 11, 2009 (NS) Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
In this retelling of Cinderella, the main character is a boy. Joe Cinders is a ranch hand who is picked on by his lazy stepbrothers. When an invitation to a fiesta at a nearby ranch arrives, Joe is left out. His brothers go to try and win the hand of Miss Rosalinda, but Joe is sweet on her, too. Joe's "fairy godfather" is a serape and sombrero-wearing man who arrives by comet. He fits Joe out in nice new clothes, a red pick up truck, and a warning to be home by midnight. When the fireworks begin ...more
Leslie Morrison
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Lisa Rathbun
Fun story! The main character is a hard-working cowboy with three lazy stepbrothers. The stranger in a serape (how do you pronounce that?) waves his stick with a Ka-zowie and Ka-zoom to ready him for the fiesta, and he arrives in a bright red pickup truck! I like the extra touch of him saving the day by capturing the bull, a very manly thing to do, even though later the "princess" character proposes to HIM! All in all, a cute read.
How many Old West Cinderella stories are out there?! This was good. I'd say predictable, but--it's a well-known fairy tale! This take is a bit more modern, as his old horse becomes a red truck. And there is some light humor if you look closer at the pictures. Probably will book talk this one with all the other Old West books I'm collecting for Book Time.
Michelle Bouillon
I think this is a very different Cinderella story. I like that it is done from a boy's point of view. This might be more appealing for young boys rather than the original fairy tale of Cinderella.
Pure fun! I definitely enjoyed this twist on the familiar tale, especially the old man with baggy jeans, a wool serape, and a crooked stick. All through, I couldn't help smiling.
doesn't work for my purposes.
Julie W
Jun 24, 2008 Julie W rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great Cowboy version of the Classic Cinderella.
Cute retelling of the Cinderella story, especially for country western fans. Joe the cowboy loses his boot, but the dancing belle finds her man because the "boot fits."
Mar 28, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
I liked the cowboy-ranch twist on this Cinderella type story. I also liked that he drove a truck to the party. :)
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Marianne Mitchell kicked up her boots on a desert ranch called the Rafter Five when she was a child. Now she spends her time wrangling with writing and roping in readers for her stories. She's living happily ever after with her husband and her two cow-dogs in Tucson, Arizona.
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