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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  79 reviews
In her most charming book yet, three-time New York Times Best Illustrator Barbara McClintock has created the Cinderella that every little girl will want to savor -- over and over again.

Poor Cinderella, who is relegated to a dingy garret room by her duplicitous stepmother and beleaguered by her nasty stepsisters, never gives in to hostility or revenge. Instead, this sweet h
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Scholastic Press
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Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous re-telling of Cinderella's story, with a Parisian flare. McClintock set her story during the time of King Louis XIV (not that the words really reflect this, but the beautiful illustrations do, especially in terms of the palace, the attire and the HAIR!) This story even has an extra-happy ending.
Katie F
In this version of Cinderella that retold by Barbara McClintock, it has many of the classic Cinderella features. At the ball in this version, as per the illustrations, Cinderella is wearing a pink dress with blue and purple floral. It is very pretty, but not typical of classic Cinderella. Also in this version Cinderella makes it home on the first night, but it is in fact the second night in which she is runs away leaving behind a glass slipper. The rest of the story is the same as the other trad ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, picture
Pretty version of the Cinderella story, with text based on the Perrault version and illustrations influenced by the art of Watteau and Fragonard, but also by Cocteau and Hergé.

McClintock modestly credits her research assistant and her cat.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This was a classic Cinderella story. It had the remarried father with the mean step sisters. It was very beautifully told with funny and detailed art work. I would recommend this book to young reading around the age of 4 years to old.
Katie Easter
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Traditional Fantasy
Grade Level: K-2nd grade

I love this story of Cinderella or "Cinderbottom" as told in the story. I think this book would be a great read when discussing traditional fantasy. I also think it is just good for students to read because I never knew the Cinderella story to go like this, I've heard the more popular "movie" version where there is only one ball, and the father isn't in the picture. This could teach the students that there are many sides to the stories and every
Madison Ramsey
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This classic fairytale of Cinderella is beautifully illustrated here. The story is fairly true to the original except for the ending. Cinderella forgives her family for their mistreatment of her. Instead of taking revenge, Cinderella finds both of her step sisters a man to marry.

This classic fairytale is one that students must learn. It is still one of my favorites. It would also be perfect for students to read on their own because of the familiarity of the story.
Willow Schroyer
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story of Cinderella provides a new way to look at the story. The artwork is very elegant and the colors are nice and vibrant. The fact that there are flowers in the hair when attending the ball is a nice and unique feature to this book as it gives it this beautiful look. In this book the flowers used n Cinderellas hair could represent beauty because after all it did state she was better looking than her step sisters. Also the fact that there are multiple pictures on most pages really show h ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Traditional literature
K-2nd grade
I loved the princess stories that I grew up with and even though I’ve heard the story of Cinderella before, I still enjoy reading it. This was a new version of Cinderella I hadn’t heard before, so that was nice to read. It teaches such a good lesson of being kind to others even if they aren’t kind to you and to forgive, and I love that about the story of Cinderella.
Lara Lamb
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have never enjoyed this particular fairytale. I find it to be rather repulsive and don't think the message is a good one to share with children. It teaches you that in order to escape an abusive situation you have to change literally everything about yourself with the help of a fairy and some talking animals then hope a prince falls in love with you.
Alyssa Ricard
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as the traditional story, it is full of magic and love. I will always love the Cinderella stories, it is amazing how each story is the same yet different. The style of illustration used was very beautiful.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Borrowed from the library - a beautifully illustrated edition of the story . . .
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grade range: K-3
Genre: Traditional Literature
This was a beautiful retelling of the classic Cinderella story!
I, like most little girls, was in love with the story of Cinderella, it's just so magical! Barbara McClintock did a wonderful job of retelling this story and adding some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen! If I was a young child reading this book, or having someone read it to me, I would be absolutely entranced. I was almost that way when I was reading it to myself. This
Adrianne Rosal
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very traditional Cinderella story. The illustrations are what set it apart from the other Cinderella stories. The dress is not the traditional blue from what you may think of from the Disney movie. It follows the traditional tale of Cinderella rather than the Disney version of the story. This is a good folktale to tell young children because unlike the Grim brothers it spares any of blood from the step-sisters hurting themselves to put on the shoe. It is a very good story and the artwo ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good, solid version of the story with some influence from Perrault. The ball is held two night in succession, and it appears to be set just prior to the French Revolution (which I admit made me a little worried for the fate of the Prince and Cinderella). One of the more adorable aspects is a little gray cat who accompanies Cinderella nearly everywhere except the ball itself, even the wedding at the end.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cinderella by Barbara McClintock is about a girl whose mother has died, and her father has remarried. The stepmother mad Cinderella do all the house chores. Cinderella slept in an attic while her stepsisters had lavish bedroom. After a long day of chores, Cinderella would sit by the cinders at the fireplace. This is why she was called Cinderella. Her oldest stepsister called her Cinderbottom. One evening the girls were invited to the ball given by the king's son. The stepsisters were so excited ...more
Janna Gifford
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cinderella by Barbara McCkintock is a folklore book that is intended for the primary age group. This book has won the Golden Kite Honor Award and the The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award. This book is a retelling of Cinderella where Cinderella’s mother died and her father remarried with a woman who had young girls previously. The stepmother was cruel to Cinderella, making her sleep in the attic and do all the chores, so when the King’s son was holding a ball she could not go. A fairy godm ...more
Kassidy Pine
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Cinderella is a story that is of a young girl that had a wealthy father that died causing her to be left to her evil step mother and step sisters. Cinderella is then treated like a servant in her own house hold and has to wear rags. She sleeps in the attic and is not treated as she once lived. Cinderella’s step family attends the princess ball and when Cinderella asks if she may attend as well she is snickered at and turned down. After helping her step siblings go to the ball she cries and is co ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A This is a fun retelling of the classic fairy tale based on Perrault's tale. None of the blood, gore, or vengeance of the original version occurs here. This is the loveliest, fluffiest version of the tale possible. Cinderella is generous and kind - even offering her gift of oranges to the the evil step-sisters. The stepsisters were "all terribly sorry about how they had treated her" and the impotent father does not die, rather, he gives her away at her wedding to the prince. The gorgeous pen an ...more
Margaret Chind
I'm sure I have seen the name Barbara McClintock as a recommendation to read before. Then when I opened this picture book to see this was based on the Perrault version of the story Cinderella I was enchanted as I know that is a version on my list for future years with fairy tales. I was enchanted by this book. While the story is so much more meaty than I have ever heard told I feel like I was missing this from my childhood knowledge of the story. Now I'm intrigued to wonder what else is out ther ...more
Maggie McKeon
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cinderella is the classic tale of a young girl whose father remarries, after her mother dies, to a wicked woman with two horrible daughters. They make her do all the chores and force her to sleep in the attic while the stepdaughters live lavishly with their mother. Then a ball is announced to all of the land and everyone is going. The step-sisters and their awful mother tell Cinderella that she cannot go to the ball while they go. Cinderella's fairy god-mother then appears to her in the garden a ...more
(NS) Becca
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
" Poor Cinderella, who is relegated to a dingy garret room by her duplicitous stepmother and beleaguered by her nasty stepsisters, never gives in to hostility or revenge. Instead, this sweet heroine remains steadfast in her kind, gentle ways, and her generosity flows like a mountain stream. This tale of virtue rewarded is as charming and rich as any prince. McClintock's warm, humorous, and lucious artwork that reflects the story's French roots, coupled with her disarming text will insure that th ...more
Elizabeth Libera
Cinderella is a traditional literature book by Barbara Mcclintock. It is the typical story of Cinderella. It is the story of a girl who has a great life with her mother and father. Her mother dies and her father remarries. The stepmother is very mean and she brought two stepdaughters along with her. The stepsisters were also very mean. Cinderella really wants to go to an upcoming ball, but she has nothing to wear. Suddenly, a magic fairy godmother appears and and grants her wishes. She gives her ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Childrens picture book, fairytale, nonfiction

This is the classic tale of Cinderella. Her father marries the evil stepmother and brings along her two lazy and ugly daughters. Cinderella gets all of her nice things taken away from her and is forced to do all the chores and sleep in the cold attic on a thin mattress. When Cinderella doesn't get a nice gown to go to the ball her godmother appears and makes her wishes come true. Cinderella got to go to the ball wearing the most beautiful gown and sh
Anna Larson
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book because it reminded me of the original book. The paintings look old and the wording used in the book remind me of folktales. Cinderella is my personal favorite princess story, and I really enjoyed this original take compared to the Disney story. The story line was very well written and it didn't stray from the original Cinderella, which most people would appreciate. The illustrations were so detailed and perfect that it was hard to find the words e ...more
Bonnie Ferrante
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This version follows the traditional storyline even including the ball being held for two nights. The father is a coward who fears the stepmother and leaves Cinderella to be bullied.

One stepsister is fat and one is extremely thin. Cinderella herself has a waist the size of a thimble.

The illustrations are intricately detailed and reminiscent of old Mother Goose books. The ball scenes feature gentlemen and ladies decked out in Louis XIV style clothing. The palace has chandeliers, richly painted ce
joanna Sondheim
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Barbara McClintock's retelling of the Perrault Cinderella is spot-on. The illustrations are charming and detailed with lots of pastel colors and images that reference the glamour of eighteenth-century France. The story is the classic Cinderella with some added details. The prince gives a gift of oranges to Cinderella as a token of his affection on the first of the two-night ball. It isn't until the ball's second night that Cinderella leaves her glass slipper behind for the prince to find. The st ...more
Cinthya Murguia
This version of Cinderella was one that I have never heard of. Before I began reading this book, I figured it would be the same story with the same things and I was surprised. Yes, it began the same way, yet there were some changes that the author made. For example, the father didn't die and Cinderella went to the ball twice. I felt like it was interesting seeing this version and children might like it but they might question the story that they have always heard. They might be confused as to wh ...more
Jacqilynn Castleton
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: folklore
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book because it reminded me of the original book. The paintings look old and the wording used in the book remind me of folktales. The story line was very well written and it didn't stray from the original Cinderella which most people would appreciate. The illustrations were so detailed and perfect that it was hard to find the words especially since I already knew the story line of Cinderella. Having really good illustrations in children's book is a good ...more
Emily Sirota
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This story by Barbara McClintock is about Cinderella who is trapped inside the castle and surrounded by her evil step sisters. When Cinderella goes to the ball her slipper falls off, a guy who fell in love with Cinderella is now on the hunt to find her. But with her step sisters being the brats they are it is very hard for the guy to find Cinderella.

I liked the story, it was your basic Cinderella story. I think that their are better stories about Cinderella better. In my opinion I think that the
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Barbara McClintock is the author and illustrator of books for children.

Her books have won 4 New York Times Best Books awards, a New York Times Notable Book citation, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor award, numerous other awards, recommended/best book lists, and starred reviews. Her books have been made into children's videos, a ballet/opera, and a recorded books on tape.

Barbara drew constantly as
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