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Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper by Marcia Brown
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Oct 08, 2008

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bookshelves: juvenilia
Recommended for: 2nd through 4th graders
Read in October, 2008

Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper Parrault, Charles translated by Brown, Marcia, 1954, Charles Scribner's Sons. Picture book, fantasy, fairy tale, Caldecott Medal.

Description: This is an English translation of the 1697 version of Cinderella. This is the version that is most well-known in America and Europe.

Review: The Cinderella story was first told in ancient Greece. Since then, manifestations have cropped up in cultures all over the globe. Some involve the bones of benevolent spirits, while others incorporate the lopping off of body parts. Most Americans will immediately recognize Brown's very familiar version of the story. The storyline itself is similar to the Disney version (sans the talking animals), but the illustrations have a soft, hazy quality that puts some distance between this book and the Disney Cinderella. The illustrations, coupled with a languid, Victorian-style prose, might be off-putting for some children. For others, though, this may be a refreshing, but familiar telling of the tale.

Children who really enjoy the Cinderella story might like to read this version along with alternate Cinderella stories from other cultures. They could compare and contrast the different versions, which would allow them to practice comprehension. 3rd and 4th graders would be the most appropriate audience for this book. Slightly younger kids could have the book read to them.

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