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Cinder Edna

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,393 Ratings  ·  270 Reviews
The famous Cinderella and her neighbor Cinder Edna each worked sunup to sundown for their wicked stepmother and stepsisters. But while Cinderella had the good fortune to be rescued by her fairy godmother, Edna was strong, self-reliant, spunky--and she lived happier ever after! "Nicely executed....This Cinderella send-up is full of kid-pleasing jokes."--Publisher's Weekly.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 24th 1998 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 1994)
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Jan 07, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
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Kenzie Bakeman
Sep 26, 2015 Kenzie Bakeman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
I absolutely adore this book. Ellen Jackson spins the classic tale of Cinderella to a more critical view when she adds in Cinder Edna, the next-door neighbor. The story we all know is changed completely as we watch Cinderella become the kind of stuck-up princess that her step-sisters were painted as initially. Cinder Edna works for her evil family members as well, but she is so much more down to earth and modern. Jackson has created a double story here where a character from our time mixes with ...more
Oct 11, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing
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This book, fit for all ages, tells the humorous story of two next-door-neighbors, over-worked, somewhat helpless, Cinderella, and self-motivated, down-to-Earth, Cinder Enda. Cinderella, forced to work for her evil step-sisters and step-mother, is characterized as somewhat of a damsel in distress, sitting among the cinders, wishing to go to the ball, and needing a fairy godmother's help to provide a coach, gown, and glass slippers to get there. Cinder Enda, on the oth
May 03, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
This little fable about Cinderella's plain but hard-working neighbor Edna is cute but annoyingly obvious and preachy in a way that I had shoved down my throat all my school-years. I'm sure anyone over age 5 would guess from the beginning that our sympathies are meant to be with with the upbeat Edna as she mows lawns and cleans birdcages (Cinderella cleans all day too, but because she feels sorry for herself I guess we don't have to). We're supposed to admire Edna and her prince, Rupert, because ...more
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Oct 29, 2011 Stella ☢FAYZ☢ Chen rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was learning English. This book is cute and I am surprised I still remember this.
Kimberly Parrott
Oct 25, 2012 Kimberly Parrott rated it it was amazing
Cinder Edna, in my opinion, is a great modern day look at the fairy tale Cinderella. In this picturebook Cinderella lives next door to Cinder Edna and both have similar duties while working for their step mothers and step sisters. However, Edna finds the good things in life while Cinderella sits by the cinders and mopes. When it comes time for the ball Cinderella is hopeless and relies on her fairy godmother for everything while Cinder Edna had a dress on layaway and took the bus to the ball. Ed ...more
Ch_hayley Medsker
Mar 06, 2010 Ch_hayley Medsker rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson isn't your typical Cinderella story. In fact, Cinder Edna is actually Cinderella's neighbor! While Cinderella spends her day tirelessly doing the wash dishes, and resting in ashes and soot at the end of the day, Cidner Edna whistles while she mows the lawn and bakes the best tuna casserole for her not-so nice stepmother and stepsisters. The story continues to compare and contrast the lives of Cinder Edna, who goes to the ball in penny loafers and takes a liking to th ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it
Yes, my first book of 2016 is a picture book. My friend's little sister asked me to read it to her, so I did. Cute Cinderella story, well, Cinder Edna story. I enjoyed it.
Nov 28, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
I love this one! I've read so many Cinderella spin-offs by now, but this one definitely sticks out. Cinderella and Cinder Edna live next door to each other, and both serve their evil stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella is beautiful--but when she isn't working, she sits in the soot and sighs. Cinder Edna isn't beautiful--but she has spunk and wit! Read the book to find out which one lives happily ever after...and what happily ever after really looks like, too.
Apr 15, 2016 Molly rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I've got a lot of issues with this book. Granted, I have a lot of issues with princess books, and the Cinderella story, in general, but something about this one got to me even more. Cinder Edna lives a life parallel to Cinderella- but deals with everything differently. Instead of being sad that she lives a life of abused servitude, she's all "hey whatever, man, it happens!" Instead of being pretty, she is plain. She takes a bus to the ball, because unlike Cinderella, "Cinder Edna didn't believe ...more
Natalie Rudolph
Mar 01, 2016 Natalie Rudolph rated it really liked it
Cinder Edna (1994) Written by Ellen Jackson and Illustrated by Kevin O’Malley

This story is a twist of the famous fairytale, Cinderella. It is about two girls, Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live next door to each other. Both girls are forced to work by their wicked stepmother and stepsisters. While this is similar, the girls’ appearances, personalities, and ideas of the perfect man are quite different. Cinderella falls for the good- looking prince, Randolph, while Edna falls for his quirky bro
Tongtong Wu
Feb 26, 2016 Tongtong Wu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pictures-book
Cinder Edna (1998) by HarperCollins

This story is not the typical Cinderella story, it talks about a girl called Cinder Edna, who lives next door to Cinderella, they both have similar lives and they all work for their stepmothers and step sisters. However, two girls’ opinions of their life are totally different. Cinder Edna finds all beautiful things in life while Cinderella sits by the cinders and mopes. When the party comes, Cinderella feels bad and relies on her fair godmother for ever
Kelli Varich
Feb 25, 2016 Kelli Varich rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Cinder Edna gives heartwarming twist to an already familiar and well-loved story. I can still remember my elementary school librarian reading this book to my class when I was a kid, and re-reading it now as a young-adult, I appreciate it even more. "Cinder Edna" is the story of Cinderella and her lesser-known next door neighbor Cinder Edna. When the two are portrayed throughout the book, Cinderella constantly plays the role of the damsel in distress, whereas Cinder Edna is more in control and ac ...more
Jennifer Walizer
Oct 30, 2015 Jennifer Walizer rated it really liked it
Plot Summary:

Cinder Edna is a twist on Cinderella. The story starts out talking about Cinderella and Cinder Edna as it continues to do so throughout the entire book. Throughout the story, the differences between the two girls are quite apparent. Cinderella is suppose to be this pretty girl who has a fairy godmother (much more unrealistic) and Cinder Edna is a plain girl who does not believe in fairy godmothers and has other ways to get to the same point as Cinderella did. Cinderella gets to the
Judith Bracamonte
Oct 01, 2015 Judith Bracamonte rated it it was amazing
Cinder Edna is a hilariously unique twist of your ordinary Cinderella story, it is the story that people do not really think about because it is not the norm. Although, after you do read it you realize that Cinder Edna is the story that should be told to children and that it should be the norm. It about the stories of Cinderella the "original" one who works for her step mother and step sisters and lives her life looking pretty and daydreaming of becoming a princess then there is Cinder Edna who ...more
Naa-Shorme Aidoo
Jun 16, 2015 Naa-Shorme Aidoo rated it really liked it
This book does an AMAZING job of juxtaposing a fairytale to what can be real life for a young female reader. It teaches girls that there is not just one way to be or live, they have options that do not compromise their gender. Jackson also juxtaposes their attitudes about the work that they have to do alongside their mannerisms. Cinder Edna makes the most out of any situation where as Cinderella experiences a lot of self-pity. This is evident when she uses the money that she has earned from her ...more
May 02, 2015 Yesenia rated it liked it
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson is a is a funny folktale for children to enjoy.The fable is about Cinderella and her neighbor Cinder Edna each worked really hard from sunup to sundown. The comparing between both of their lives is same Cinderella and Cinder Edna are forced to work by stepmother and sisters. When Cinder Edna and Cinderella were invited to the ball in palace.They both did not have the money to buy a beautiful gown. While Cinderella rely on her fairy godmother help her get to the ball, ...more
Sarah Lindquist
Jan 28, 2015 Sarah Lindquist rated it it was amazing
This is a book I read time and time again as a kid and to this day I still love it. As a child I didn't have the best childhood, if it could be called that, and even as a kid fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, didn't make me believe things would get better and that there was a "happily ever after". But this book stood out on the shelf one day in 3rd or 4th grade, it was library day and I decided to see why there was brown loafer instead of a glass slipper.
It became my favorite boo
Jan 16, 2015 GardeniaPearl rated it really liked it
Cinder Edna is a lot like Cinderella. She is forced to work for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. However, she also has a job, knows sixteen tuna casserole recipes and some really good jokes. While Cinderella’s fairy godmother helps her get to the ball, Cinder Edna puts a dress on layaway, takes the bus and meet Rupert, the younger prince. When Prince Randolph tries the glass slipper on every girl in the kingdom, Prince Rupert looks up all of the Ednas in the palace directory. Prince Randol ...more
Haley Dowty
Nov 19, 2014 Haley Dowty rated it liked it
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson is a fun story of the girl that lived next door to Cinderella. She, unlike Cinderella, looked on the bright side of the work she had to do and even made money of her own after her chores were done. She also went to the ball but fell in love with the Prince's brother. The two got married and live happily ever after. This story is told in parallel to the classic story of Cinderella. I thought it was a fun story, but it was rather didactic at times. I thought the lesson ...more
Emily Scott
Mar 05, 2014 Emily Scott rated it it was amazing
This book is the story of Cinderella and her next door neighbor Cinder Edna. Both girls have evil stepmothers and stepsisters that make them do all the chores in the house. When Cinderella isn't cleaning, she sits by the cinders and feels bad for herself. Cinder Edna keeps a good attitude and cleans bird cages for $1.50 an hour for the neighbors. Both households find out that the prince is holding a ball and want to attend. Cinderella has her fairy godmother come and give her a pretty dress and ...more
Meghan Collins
This book is the traditional tale of Cinderella, with an emphasis on another character named Edna. Both girls lived next to each other. While the book discusses the traditional tale of Cinderella, it also tells the story of Edna, who seems to be the complete opposite of Cinderella. Their stories are the same, but both girls are completely different. Cinder Edna, for example, did not believe in fairy godmothers, or spells that are cast onto people.

On the night of the big ball, both girls attend,
Corey Lynch
This story is a parody of the classical Cinderella piece of traditional literature. In it, as Cinderella's story is told a parallel story is being told about her neighbor, Cinder Edna. Cinder Edna is a hard working young girl who has a positive attitude despite the negative influences in her life. She also receives an invitation to the royal ball where she is unimpressed with the oldest prince but finds companionship with his younger brother Rupert. At the stroke of midnight the Cinderella and C ...more
Hallema Mitchell
Oct 12, 2015 Hallema Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Cinder Edna was one of the best Cinderella stories that I've ever read. It featured the traditional Cinderella and included Cinderella's neighbor Cinder Edna. The two had similar lives with mean stepsisters and a mean step mother. They both did house work but the difference between the two was that Cinderella sat around and moped about it and Cinder Edna tried to make the best out of it. Cinderella was very beautiful, Cinder Edna not so much. They had different outlooks on life and because of t ...more
Tammy J
Oct 12, 2015 Tammy J rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
This book talks about two girls Cinderella and Cinder Edna. Right away upon reading the first few pages I thought that this could be used to compare and contrast characters and how we can look into lives of different people and notice similarities and differences. How we can take things for granted or do something a little bit extra and not care what others think. Cinder Edna used her knowledge and her earnings to get the things she wanted. If teaching older children you might discuss money and ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson is a great book. I really enjoyed that realistic and unrealistic factors shown throughout the book. I think this book explain that even though you might be living a fairy doesn’t always mean you’ll have a happy ending, but it also explains that you are in control of your own dreams. I think it’s really interesting how they take Cinderella’s life and show what it could be like to live a life like that and how you can take things for granted like having the godmother t ...more
Laura Lucero
Feb 29, 2016 Laura Lucero rated it it was amazing
Cinder Edna By Ellen Jackson and Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley is a wonderful book about Cinder Edna and Cinderella who are next door neighbors and both are forced to work for their wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Cinder Edna is a little different from Cinderella because she has learned a thing or two, like sixteen different ways to make tuna casserole.
The story is a fractured version of Cinderella and done very well which makes it feel modern and something that all little girls can relate
This book is about Cinderella and her neighbor Cinder Edna. They both live in a household with similar circumstances and they get invited to the ball. Cinder Edna works to get her dress, takes the bus, and leaves the ball at midnight so she won't miss the last bus. She loses her loafer and the prince's brother asker her name at the ball and had to only ask all the Edna's to try on the loafer. Both neighbors get married to their love and only Cinder Edna and Rupert live happily ever after. This i ...more
This may offend those that love Disney princesses, but it does have a great message about finding happiness your way without trying to fit into a prescribed mold of what "happy" should be.
Clare McHale
Feb 28, 2016 Clare McHale rated it it was amazing
Cinder Edna is a normal girl who's Cinderella's neighbor. Cinder Edna mows the lawn and bakes tuna casseroles for her stepmom and stepsisters. Cinder Edna goes to the ball in loafers and falls in love with the princes weird brother instead of the rich prince. This is a very funny story that is so different from the original Cinderella tale that we all know. Took a great spin on the story. Edna always finds the positive of every situation and is very resourceful. Cinder Edna even takes a bus to t ...more
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