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Toads and Diamonds by Charlotte Huck
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Written by Charlotte S. Huck, illustrated by Anita Lobel. Published by Greenwillow Books, copyright 1996.

Grade level: 1st and up

A different version of the Cinderella story. While walking through the forest one day, Renee meets an old woman whom she treats very kindly. The old woman turned out to be a witch, and she gave Renee a gift of diamonds and roses falling from her mouth each time she speaks. When Renee gets home, her stepmother and sister are very jelous. Her stepsister goes to get the same gift from the witch, but instead of diamonds, she gets toads from her mouth because she treated the witch badly. Renee then ends up marrying the handsome prince, and her stepsister and stepmother end up lving in a cave.

If kids like the cinderella stories, they will like Toads and Diamonds, after they have read it a few times. The illustrations are fun, and the story is a great way to show what selfishness and cruelty will get you.

Possible themes/units: Cinderella versions, Treating others the way you want to be treated (golden rule)
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