Three Cinderella Stories

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It’s Thursday and you know what that means – three books on the same theme.  I decided on this one yesterday so I didn’t require the assistance of the library bookshelves. Sometimes, in their eagerness to be selected, it had gotten out of hand anyway: pages flying, corners being creased in the stampede – you get the idea.  It was a good week for a rest from the competition.

Cinderella is on my mind today because the Tanglewood Marionettes are performing at Inly today. Everything this company does is amazing, but their production of Cinderella is my favorite.

So, in honor of Cinderella – here are three versions I really like from the countless available interpretations:

The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller   (The Cinderella character is a Greek slave in Ancient Egypt)

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert San Souci and illustrated by Brian Pinkney  (Pinkney’s scratch board illustrations are the star of this West Indian version.)

Ye-Chen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie and illustrated by Ed Young (This story – featuring a magic fish – is one of the oldest known variants of Cinderella.)

Have a good day – and may your Fairy Godmother watch over you!

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