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Cinderella / Cenicienta

Cinderella / Cenicienta

Spring 2001 Paperback
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Illustrator: Monse Fransoy
Translator: James Surges
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 081183090X
Paperback Price: $6.95
Review:
Who doesn't know the story of Cinderella, her cruel stepsisters, her fairy godmother, the Prince, the ball, and the glass slipper? This bilingual English-Spanish version, originally published in Catalan, is an adequate, albeit not very original retelling. However, the fresh illustrations-- a cross between Japanese-style woodcuts and fashion illustrations of the 1950's-- give the tale a modern twist. There are a few discrepancies in the text (one does not empty a pumpkin, but one can clean it out; and a rata in Spanish is a rat, not a fat mouse) and between the text and drawing (where are the six footmen when Cinderella alights from her pumpkin carriage?). All in all, a book parents and children can enjoy.
Ina Rimpau   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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