Mary's Reviews > The Gospel Cinderella
by Joyce Carol Thomas, David Díaz
bookshelves: cinderella, fairy-tale, music, picture-book, religious
A twist on the traditional Cinderella story set in a Southern swamp. The Queen Mother of Rhythm's daughter floats away during a hurricane and she is a sorrowful singer ever after. Eventually she wants someone to take over her place in the Great Gospel Choir and they hold a convention to find the best new singer. Cinderella's step sisters are going even though they are awful singers. Cinderella goes (without the help of a fairy godmother) and wows the crowd. She runs away so as not to be recognized but the Prince of Music goes house to house and listens to all the maidens sing. A wonderful reunion happens as well as love.
A good twist on the original tale that holds the same feel, yet welcomes a new culture. A great addition.