Cinderella

Cinderella

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This brilliant edition of a timeless story is sure to become the favorite of a generation. Readers young and old will be enchanted by the vision and mastery of Kinuko Y. Craft's luminous paintings, inspired by the lavish artwork of late seventeenth-century France and embellished with extraordinary borders and ornamentation. Rich with radiant color and astonishing detail, here is a dream come true for anyone who has ever believed in living happily ever after.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : SeaStar, 2000
ISBN: 9781587170041
Branch Call Number: J398.2 FRA Ci PIC
Characteristics: np : illus
Additional Contributors: Craft, Kinuko Y. - Illustrator

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Oct 16, 2015

"The prince's attention to her was even greater than on the first evening, and in her delight, time slipped by quickly. They were talking together near a lovely pool when he said, 'Truly, my lady, I am sure we have known each other, but perhaps it is just that your face reminds me of the gentle sun and your voice reminds me of the sweet bluebird that sings at my window.'"

"At that moment, Cinderella heard a clock strike the first stroke of twelve. Without so much as a good-bye, she leaped up with fright and fled as lightly as a deer. The prince followed, but could not catch up to the nimble maiden."

"Cinderella arrived at home breathless and weary, ragged and cold, without carriage or footmen or coachmen. The only remnant of her magnificence was ***one of her little glass slippers***; the other she had dropped on the palace stairs as she ran away."

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FindingJane Aug 23, 2016

Cinderella is one of those heroines post-modern feminists are supposed to despise. She’s a passive, submissive Goody Two-Shoes who suffers without complaint the viciousness, cruelty and disdain of her domineering stepmother and good-for-nothing stepsisters. She gets to a ball by accepting the magical aid of a convenient deus ex machina. She falls in love with the first man who shows an interest in her simply because he’s rich and good looking and agrees to marry him after meeting him just three times. Ah, but is she so terrible, this Cinderella? She’s good, kind, sweet and good natured. Are these character flaws? She’s hard working, dedicated and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Shouldn’t she be applauded for that? She’s helpful and genuinely sympathetic, especially to small animals. Sounds like lots of activists to me. This particular picture book shows Cinderella at her best. She longs to go to ball, not necessarily to have a good time but to escape the cruelty of a home that had grown hateful to her. She doesn’t meet the prince for the first time as an anonymous princess-incognito but as a girl helping a wounded bird. The prince impresses her with his seeming kindness; he wonders if she might be hurt and is charmed by her simplicity and beauty. They actually talk before they meet up again at the ball. It might be love at first sight but at least there’s some basis for it besides good looks and fine clothes. The story is also enhanced by exquisite illustrations of beauty and intricacy of design. Set in 1700s France, the clothing of the royal crowds reflects the extravagant dress of the period and the exterior and interior illustrations are reminiscent of Jean-Antoine Watteau. Even the cover is a feast for the eyes, featuring cloisonné ovals, an ornate titular lettering and the beauteous Cinderella herself, resplendent in antique costume. If you ever wanted to cozy up with your child and read this story while delighting over the pages or simply wish it to fulfill a guilty pleasure, this “Cinderella” is not to be missed.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

good to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 26, 2011

Artistic illustrations and storytelling to match.

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Amelia
Oct 23, 2010

The illustrations in this book are amazing!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Although mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella meets her prince with the help of her fairy godmother.

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