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Walt Disney's Cinderella

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,496 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews

This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love.

Cinderella's story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic found in this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney's incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathere
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Disney Press (first published August 1st 2007)
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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Who can say by what mystery two people find each other in this great wide world?

Cynthia Rylant should re-tell all of the classic fairy tales. Something about the way she writes is pure magic.
Oct 19, 2009 Kathryn marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: ANNIE!!!
Thank you, Tyler, for this lovely birthday gift! :-)

I really loved the concept of this story, since I'm a Cinderella fan and a sucker for Disney art, especially the "oldies" and there are some really lovely images here. While I appreciated what Rylant was trying to do with the story, though, it just seemed a bit over-the-top on the sweet/Love (always with a capital "L") destiny stuff--which I usually tend to Love! ( ;-> ) so I am not sure if her execution was off (in my view) or if I was just
Feb 12, 2010 Katina rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
This is the story I remember reading as a child. It captures the true essence of a girl being swept away by her prince. The story grasps the readers attention on the very first page, "This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found.
This is a story about LOVE." Cinderella wishes for a better life from her awful stepmother and stepsisters. She finds her opportunity when the prince sends an invitation all the fair maidens in the town to his h
L-Crystal Wlodek
Feb 05, 2010 L-Crystal Wlodek rated it it was amazing
This version of Cinderella is full of love, magic, and emotion. This story can best be described using the words on the first page of the book: “This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love.”

The magic of the story of Cinderella shines throughout this book. It has the same theme of love and shows through the text and illustrations’ the journey one goes through in order to find love. This is a version of Cinde
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Elegant illustrations give this classic story a timeless feel. Many of these illustrations are also featured in another must have Disney book, A Wish Your Heart Makes (reviewed above). The illustrations in this book are signature to the old timeless Disney illustrations that were used prior to bringing an animated movie to life. This is a book we enjoyed.
Peggy Shoemaker
Apr 03, 2011 Peggy Shoemaker rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
Just read this to both of my language arts classes. I had read other Cinderella versions such as the Egyptian Cinderella and was surprised to learn that many of my students were not familiar with the traditional Cinderella story (mostly boys). I chose Cynthia Rylant's retelling because Rylant is one of my favorite authors. The illustrations are done by one of the illustrators who created the Disney movie.
Rylant's wonderful words create a conflict between darkness and light; good and evil, love a
Mar 08, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous illustrations, marvelous storytelling. This isn't your average retelling of a Disney classic. Symbolism, imagery, excellent writing. Love it.
Dione Basseri
Sep 04, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it it was amazing
Woah. Woah. All these years of random Cinderellas from around the world, and this was available? This is...stunning. While the text-heavy nature of this book might make it hard for young readers, the fabulous artwork will guarantee that any parent would enjoy a reading or two of this masterpiece. The concept illustrations by Mary Blaire are paired with new text to make this a rather sophisticated piece of work. Really, this is almost more of a book for said adults than the kids, since they are t ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Betsy rated it it was amazing
A lovely retelling of the version of Cinderella many Americans know best--thanks to Disney's old animated film. Based largely on Perrault's version, this is also the version of Cinderella in such well known picture books as Cinderella. I wasn't sure about the dated illustrations at first--they look like the original Disney movie because they ARE the original illustrations--by the woman who first did the paintings for the film. Yet, even though they look so similar (and will bring the movie to mi ...more
Becky B
In an eloquent voice, Cynthia Rylant retells the story of how a lonely orphan finds her true love in a prince. The illustrations were done by one of the artists who worked on the original Disney animated version of the story. They are more conceptual art, rather than the artwork that appeared in the movie, and so appear to be impressionistic renderings of various scenes from the movie. The animals have been left out of this version and focus solely on the people and the quest to find Love.

Kimberly Ehrlich
Jun 30, 2015 Kimberly Ehrlich rated it it was amazing
This is not the classic story of Cinderella, but the American retelling based on a French retelling which was the most popular of the story at the time. For modern readers it's a little hard to swallow the romance of the story (boy meets girl, boy dances with girl and falls in love and immediately wants to get married) but in the name of the classic we all grew up with we are enchanted and enthralled. Young girls want to be Cinderella and find a man that will drop everything at the sight of them ...more
Monica Lopez
Feb 24, 2014 Monica Lopez rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite children's books. The Walt Disney version does an excellent job telling the story of Cinderella. The illustrations are beautiful, and emotionally loaded. The text was simple, but told the story well. I especially liked how the author would let certain sentences stand alone on the page for impact. This classic love story tells the important message about never giving up, even when it seems impossible. This book would be great for children pre-K through grade 2.
"This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love."
What a pleasant surprise this book was! Even though this is a Disney book, this is not your typical Disney picture book. The illustrations are the original conceptual designs of Disney artist Mary Blair. These are the pictures that the animators used when they made the animation that we are all familiar with. I was fascinated by the pictures and flipped through t
Oct 11, 2010 N_Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
In Cynthia Rylant’s version of Walt Disney’s classic Cinderella, she paints a romantic and elegant story that will captivate reader’s young and old. Together the pictures and the words take you to this far off land where a lonely girl is trapped in a dark house waiting for Love.

Cinderella’s life and house are ruled by her mean ugly stepmother. After her dad died she was left to survive alone with only her beauty and a wish for Love. One day news arrived at the house that the king would be havin
Alexis Waltemeyer
Mar 20, 2012 Alexis Waltemeyer rated it it was ok
Walt Disney's Cinderella retold by Cynthia Rylant is a folktale. It is a book about a young girl whose parents both passed away and who is raised by an evil stepmother and lives with her and her two young daughters. Cinderella's wicked stepmother turns her into a virtual servant in her own house. Meanwhile, across town in the castle, the King decides he needs to let go of his throne. So the King therefore, needed his Prince to become the King. The Prince lacked only one thing, a wife. The Prince ...more
Yahya Han
I think that this book would be the best example for all Cinderella books. Firstly, it has very living pictures and they make this book more interesting. But, if students have read before other examples of Cinderella, they cannot want to read this book. Teacher should tell them about the wonderful pictures, and then it can become more interesting for children. Also, I think that all of Cinderella books have one problem. This problem is all bad people are drawing very ugly and all good people are ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok
"Who can say by what mystery two people find each other in this great wide world?"

Walt Disney's Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant

This is simply one of the most beautiful retellings of a fairy tale that it has ever been my privilege to read. Cynthia Rylant writes with such deep, fresh insight into this much overwrought story that I can honestly say it felt as if I were experiencing it for the first time, as if the magic and beauty of seeing the tenderhearted Cinderella finally get the happy ending
Jul 07, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I like the "old" drawings... for a book that was published in 2007 one would think it was from the 50's or 60's, which I like. I like that it's not the typical Disney princess look. The story is okay but not the aspect that I really wanted to reinforce with my children. So, we are in search of a better retelling of Cinderella.
Sep 25, 2007 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, 2007
What a great idea. Mary Blair's original Cinderella concept art in a big beautiful picture book, with the story retold by Cynthia Rylant? Very cool! Mary Blair is amazing. She pioneered that classic iconic 50's & 60's style. She did for concept design - in terms of strength, simplicity and beauty - what UPA did for animation. Her sense of design and color are just fantastic. And getting to see the art in it's pre-produced form is so neat. All the line, shape and integral design is there, but ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
This is Cinderella as you have never seen it before. The story of Cinderella has been told over and over, but has never been touched by the magic found in this book. This book captures the essence of Cinderella perfectly. The story is beautifully told, with equally beautiful and eye catching illustrations.
Jul 31, 2008 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to hear about this release of a Cinderella picture book illustrated by Mary Blair, the genius behind the Small World ride and much of Disney's Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland among others. This is a great collection of her storyboard images for Cinderella--personally, I'd be happy if that movie had stayed more true to Mary Blair's vision and the distinct art in this book. This comes on the heels of a release a few years ago of a work dedicated entirely to the life of Mary Blai ...more
Jill Pickle
Oct 10, 2015 Jill Pickle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
In 1950, Mary Blair created the original paintings used in Disney's classic animated movie, Cinderella. Blair's stylish, timeless illustrations are compiled here for the first time, matched with Cynthia Rylant's sparsely beautiful retelling. By far, my favorite Cinderella story yet.
Shannon K
Oct 19, 2009 Shannon K added it
Shelves: pbgs-trad
This story in the Walt Disney version of the story but it is somewhat different reading it that watching the movie. The best part about this book is the illustrations. When I picked up this book I accepted the illustrations to just be stills from the cartoon movie, but they weren’t. They are all abstract, colorful, and completely original works of art. Magic and mystery just fly off of every single page. Through out most of the book there is an illustration on one side of the page and blank page ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Libby rated it liked it
This one only gets a three because my three-year-old will currently "read" anything that's called Cinderella and has a girl with a ball gown. I was especially disappointed because I generally enjoy Cynthia Rylant's writing style and was hoping to enjoy this one, too. It was just too sentimental for me, with lots of talk about Love (yes, with a capital "L"). Also, it's called "Walt Disney's Cinderella," but the pictures (and the story, for that matter) only look vaguely inspired by the Disney ver ...more
Lisa Andres
Aug 04, 2016 Lisa Andres rated it it was amazing
Really love this retelling. Interesting choice to remove the mice and focus on Love--which almost becomes a character in the book.
Jan 28, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
I won't be reviewing this one on Becky's Book Reviews, at least not yet, but I wanted to share a few thoughts about it. I really loved the writing. I thought it was BEAUTIFUL. I loved how this adaptation adds characters--depth and substance--to the story. That is something that the Disney movie fails at. The Prince being the least developed character--even Bruno the dog has more character, more personality, more screen time, not to mention Lucifer and the mice. The book leaves out all the animal ...more
May 16, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
I really enjoyed looking at the illustrations in this book. They were so pretty, it felt like there was a distinct glimmer over all the artwork, which suited the book perfectly. I didn't think the story was the best, and it was definitely geared towards that True Love theme that Disney likes to spin. I just think that is slightly unrealistic and I don't buy it. Overall, I thought it was an okay book and might recommend, but I would urge you to be wary of the underlining theme.

*Taken from my book
Brent Calderwood
Aug 10, 2010 Brent Calderwood rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, art
Children's book illustrator Mary Blair was hired by the Disney Studios in the 40s and 50s. She created amazing, bold, influential illustrations to guide background and character animators on Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. What Hyperion Books really needs to do is release a large format book, The Art of Mary Blair. This book, and the similar books in the series on Snow White (with conceptual illustrations from 1935 by Gustaf Tenngren) and Peter Pan, crop the illustrations in a ch ...more
(NS) Dana
Nov 18, 2009 (NS) Dana rated it it was amazing
**Used as non pring text. Listened to story on CD.
Cinderella's story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic found in this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney's incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathered together as a picture book for the first time. Together these two great artists have created something quite astonishing: a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous, both for those who are
Jun 16, 2014 Esther rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Unlike most other books that are based specifically off a movie or tv show (i.e. Dora books, Barbie books and The Princess and the Frog book we just read last night etc...)that make me want to poke myself in the eye so I don't have to keep reading the text anymore to my 5 year old, this one was rather good. The illustrations were beautiful and the text written by Rylant, a well-known and loved children's author was waaaay above par for the norm. We returned The Princess & the Frog book to th ...more
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she ...more
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