Bibliographic information: José, C. S., Santini, D., & Perrault, C. (1994). Cinderella. Honesdale, PA: Caroline House/Boyds Mills Press.
Annotation: This book is about a girl who lost her mom and gained a mean stepmom and two mean stepsisters. The family gets invited to the prince’s ball, but Cinderella wasn’t going to attend. A fairy godmother then appeared in the kitchen and turned a pumpkin into a carriage and mice into horses, as well as her rags into a beautiful dress. Cinderella attends the ball and is the most beautiful princess there and slips away at 11:30. Prince is looking for the princess so he holds another ball, where she loses her glass slipper. The prince goes to every house to find the princess that it fits and when he finds Cinderella they live happily ever after.
Genre: Fairy tale
Grade Level: 2-4
Readers who will like this book: People who like princesses, people learning that what’s inside matters, people who like fairy tales, and people learning about kindness.
Personal Response and Rating: 5/5.
I would give this book a 4.5/5. I thought that it had a good lesson behind it, and it brought back memories of my childhood. However, I thought that it was different and unusual that there were two balls instead of one.
Text Dependent Question: Why did the stepsisters treat Cinderella so poorly? What can we learn from this story?