Bibliographic information: Sanderson, R. (2002). Cinderella. Boston: Little, Brown.
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 isn’t allowed to attend. A fairy godmother then appeared by the hazel tree 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. At the ball Cinderella runs away when the clock strikes midnight and 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. As for the stepmother and stepsisters they are attacked by the birds and stay in the house for most of their life.
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. It was strange to me that there was a Hazel tree involved, because I’ve never heard this version before.
Text Dependent Question: Why did the stepsisters treat Cinderella so poorly? What can we learn from this story? Why do you think Cinderella’s father stood up for her?