OH this book. I have thought way too much about it and worried over it’s pages concerning how to review it. We borrowed this gorgeous book from the Library and ever since, my little 5 year old has stared at the pages in awe. The illustrations are very beautiful and they are of a younger girl. (Cinderella looks like she is nine or so, which is kind of creepy to me but awesome to my daughter) There is a uniqueness to all the pictures that will draw anyone in.
This follows the traditional Cinderella. Her Father marries a horrible woman, and is never mentioned again. We don’t know if he got sick and died or if he just doesn’t speak up. Cinderella’s step sisters are actually beautiful but mean, our princess does her best to be nice to them, but it’s hard. Her Fairy godmother shows up and helps Cinderella get ready for the ball, Telling her “You are dressed like a Queen!… Behave like one as well. Be kind and courteous to all you meet and leave before midnight, or everything that my spells have created will vanish” (I like that part because it’s saying beauty on the inside matters.) Unfortunately, you can say that, but you should show it too.
But then the part I just can’t get over, and it’s probably me being weird, happens during the second ball. Cinderella stays too long and as she is running away she turns into rags on the steps. The prince actually sees her. “When he looked outside, the beautiful princess was nowhere to be found. He could see nothing but a shabby little servant girl with a pumpkin in her arms. On the steps was a glass slipper” Okay, what? He should know her, all that has changed is her dress. So the prince goes around to find his princess and it says that he recognized her from her smiling eyes and gentle voice. He then says that he knew it was her the minute he saw her. But not on the steps I guess. They then marry and Cinderella was as “good as she was beautiful.”
I know that it’s in the story, be beautiful on the outside and the inside but it causes my daughter issues. She loves this book, in fact she just saw and said it’s her favorite ever because Cinderella is “soooooo beeeautiful” and she is. But with the father just dropping off with no explanation and there being not one example of how Cinderella was actually good, (even to her mean stepsisters which offers tons of opportunity) I just can’t fill my daughters head with it. KY Craft has a wonderful Cinderella which is probably why I am being so hard on this version. Nicoletta Ceccoli, the illustrator, has a number of kids books (We have read and loved “Oscar the Mooncats”), so I promise to find a worthy one by this talented artist and review it I am going to have to pass on this version though. (even though it’s a bargain price on amazon right now)
- Author: Sarah L. Thomson
- Illustrator: Nicoletta Ceccoli
- Publisher: Amazon Publishing
- Copyright: 2012