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Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  749 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Once upon a time, there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two stepsisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice! But when a fast-talkin' fairy godmother teaches Cindy Ellen a little lesson about gumption, Cindy lassos first place at the rodeo and the heart of Joe Prince....

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Paperback, 40 pages
Published December 18th 2001 by HarperCollins (first published 2000)
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Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS. I admit I am not much of a wild west gal, but the idea for this retelling intrigued me. I thought it was pulled off fairly well, and should definitely appeal to girls who aren't really into the "princess" tales. Cindy Ellen impresses her "prince" by winning ribbons in the rodeo! I wasn't wild about the illustrations, and a few time I wanted to groan with the cliches ("Meanwhile, back at the ranch...") but overall it was a cute renovation of the classic tale.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Cindy Ellen is a story based off the original Cinderella story. A western girl becomes a step sister to two mean sisters. The step mom and step sisters make her do everything because she's better than them. Cindy Ellen wants to go to a rodeo and her fairy godmother grants that wish for her, just as Cinderella's fairy godmother granted her wish to go to the ball. She dressed up in an appropriate outfit for the rodeo and went. After winning the competition at the rodeo, Cindy Ellen wants to go to ...more
Tessa Duncan
Cindy Ellen is a cowgirl who loves going to rodeos. Her stepsisters would never let her go, until she got a fairy godmother. Cindy wins the rodeo and gallops off before meeting the prince. She sees him the next night at the dance, but still he never gets her name. When she leaves her boot spur behind, the prince goes on a mission to find Cindy Ellen.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This is no ordinary Cinderella story. You may have think you’ve heard the fairy tale of cinderella before but Susan Lowell puts a twist on it like you’ve never heard before! Between the imagery, similes,and laughs, Lowell recreates Cinderella with a Western twang that will have you laughing throughout. Read along and see how Cindy Ellen and her wild Western self soon find the perfect cowboy, with a little help from her very country fairy godmother.
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Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story is based of of Cinderella but with a western twist. Cindy Ellen's father remarried a crabby lady with two bratty girls and they treat Cindy like crap. When the richest rancher announces that he will host a three day rodeo and the winners reward is a large sum of money. Cindy Impresses everyone with her rodeo skills and on the third night at the dos-se-do she twirls the night away with the ranchers son. Midnight rolls around and she runs off and one of her diamond spurs falls off instea ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
I did not care for this traditional tale of a wild west version of Cinderella. Every character seemed to be illustrated to look alike - male and female. The connection between Cindy Ellen losing her diamond spur as she runs away and Cinderella losing her glass slipper is almost too corny for me. Intended for ages 4-8, I might use it in my classroom for a compare/contrast lesson, possibly with a Venn diagram. There are so many other versions of this story with substance, such as Cinder Edna and C ...more
Mrs. Wynn
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Goodness, did our kindergarten friends LOVE this book today. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a book where I can give characters crazy accents--and this one fills the bill. Crank out your western fairy-godmother and Texas wicked stepmother accents. Yee-haw, a fun-filled romp through the Cinderella story, western version!
Grace Lucchese
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The book is cute spin off of the original cinderella story. Cindy Ellen is a sweet girl that experiences her father getting married to a mean woman with two mean daughters. Sweet Cindy Ellen faces the brunt of her new step mom and sisters and finds herself doing all of the chores on the ranch while her sisters do nothing. Just to her luck a wacky fairly godmother shows up to save the day and sends her off to an important rodeo where she fancy's Joe prince, the rich rancher's son. But as the fair ...more
Laura P
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Cindy Ellen is a Wild West take on the traditional fairy tale, Cinderella. It is the story of a girl named Cindy Ellen who takes first place at the rodeo and steals the heart of Joe Prince. Young readers will find the way the fairy godmother talks to be humorous and different. This is a picture book which I use as a read aloud in a first grade classroom. It's a great story to read while reading the traditional version and noticing similarities and differences. My students typically complete a Ve ...more
Natalie Hoist
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Personally, I did not like this book at all. It was too hard to read because it had a lot of western accents in it that were confusing and it did not flow well. It was suppose to be a spin off of Cinderella but did not do a very good job of retelling it. However, this could be a good book to have in your classroom and compare it with other Cinderella books and do a compare and contrast type activity.
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Her family has lived in the American West since Gold Rush days. She and her husband and their two daughters divide their time between Tucson Arizona and a ranch near the Mexican border.
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