Many of you know that I got over thirteen fairy tales from my librarian when I went looking to get some for my reading at The Snowflake Ball in the Lovettsville Community Center near Leesburg where I live. Last week I gave a thumbs up to Princes and Princesses. When it became clear to me that I was not going to have time to even tell each of the four fairy tales I had chosen, I picked this one. It had some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen. Snow White illustrated by Charles Santore came up second but because some of the little princesses had started listening to me read Cinderella I Just kept on going with this.
Author/ Illustrator: Susan Jeffers
Publishing info: Cinderella by Charles Perrault as retold by Amy Ehrlich, Dutton Children’s Books, New York, 2004,’
Themes : Fairy Tales, Folklore, France, classic
Summary as found inside Jacket: The magical transformation of Cinderella from sooty serving girl to bejeweled princess never fails to enchant readers of all ages. Cinderella is someone we can admire for being true to herself, brave, and kind, and in this timeless tale shows us how to become the best person we can be.
Susan Jeffers, renowned for her fairy tale illustrations of exquisite beauty, brings the classic story to life in this elegant edition. From the first touch of the fairy godmother’s wand through the dazzling splendor of Cinderella’s arrival at the royal ball, each bewitching moment is captured in paintings rich with detail. This definitive version of a deeply satisfying story is fa must for every storybook collection.”
Resources: For a teacher guide on fairy tales for all ages look ,
Guide students through a fairy-tale genre study. By immersing themselves in the genre, students will determine why people tell such magical tales!
Why I love it: The jacket summary says it all. The illustrations take one right into the story and are so beautiful they capture the heart. Since I was in princess land myself I had no problem believing this was true. And I Loved feasting my eyes on the art again and again while telling the story to the twenty or so little princesses that came to listen to me read at the Lovettsville Snowflake Ball.
And for those of you who come looking for writer sites? I have one on self-esteem. A perfect one for those like me who are afraid of writing because it isn’t going to be perfect. I learned this from Read aloud Dad. One way to build self-esteem after a fall from grace! Ish in picture books:
Joanna Marple says about Susanna Hill’s project:
Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, hereon Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
And my books!