TATTERCOATS by Flora Annie Steele


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A weaker, English ""Cinderella,"" with orphaned Tattercoats rejected by her noble grandfather and a kindly goatherd cast in the role of fairy godmother. The goatherd plays a tune on his pipes that ensnares the prince on his way to the ball, and then, once there, plays other birdlike notes that change Tattercoats' rags into ""shining robes and glittering jewels."" That the prince makes his selection before the transformation represents, perhaps, a step up morally, but this variant has none of the vivid particulars and seductive imagery of Perrault's better-known story. And Goode's pretty, predominantly pink and blue fairy tale kingdom is merely insipid.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Bradbury