CINDERELLA by Barbara McClintock

CINDERELLA

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

McClintock adapts Charles Perrault’s version of the familiar tale, taking inspiration from the fashionable pretensions of the court of Louis XIV for her richly detailed watercolor and line illustrations. Her retelling is lively but economical, the better to allow the fulsome double-page spreads and episodic spot illustrations to reign. For several spreads, McClintock depicts two linked scenes. In one, Cinderella lies on a sleeping pallet in her crumbling upstairs garret while the two stepsisters, wielding hairbrushes and face cream, preen before a soaring, gilded mirror in their richly appointed bedchamber. While children will enjoy McClintock’s tiny liberties with Perrault’s narrative (Cinderella’s godmother transforms the pumpkin with the magic words “FOOMUS BALOOMUS!”), they will be most apt to pore over the pictures, locating Cinderella’s cat in the domestic scenes, noting the stepsisters’ over-the-top coiffures and ball gowns and spotting the godmother, glowing wand in hand, as she observes from a distance Cinderella’s garden wedding. Charming. (source note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-56145-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2005




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