CINDY ELLEN by Susan Lowell

CINDY ELLEN

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Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

From the author of The Bootmaker and the Elves (1997), another ripsnortin' Western take on a traditional fairy tale. Thanks to a spirited fairy godmother who gets all the best lines—“ ‘Remember, there ain't no horse that can't be rode, and there ain't no man that can't be throwed!’ ”—Cindy Ellen does make the local cattle baron's rodeo and follow-up square dance, proves herself a roping, riding champion, and ultimately hitches up with the rancher's son Joe Prince. Manning tricks out her characters in dazzling modern cowboy dress, and gives Cindy Ellen a big grin, a flowing mane of honey-colored hair, and diamond-studded stirrups instead of glass slippers. The stepsisters get off lightly, moving away to marry city slickers rather than mutilating themselves as in the Brothers Grimm version. Bright, stylish, and with a boosterish concluding note on women in rodeo. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)

Pub Date: May 31st, 2000
ISBN: 0-06-027446-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2000




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