I love modified fairy tales, but what I love even more is when they have strong girls at the heart of the story.
Summary from the publisher:
Handsome princes, fancy castles, extravagant balls . . . in this girl-power fractured fairy tale, Cinderella learns that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is, and it’s better to create your own happy ending.
Cinderella is dying to go to the ball. She’s seen pictures of the fancy castle and the handsome prince, she’s heard the fairy tales about true love, she’s found the perfect dress in Princess magazine and she’s even found an ad for a Fairy Godmother. She’s all set.
Except the fairy godmother doesn’t look like the one in the ad. And the castle doesn’t look like the picture. And the prince . . . well, Cinderella decides her fairy-tale ending is going to look different–and be a whole lot more fun.
Cinderella and the Furry Slippers was written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Raphaëlle Barbanègre. It was published in 2017 by Tundra Books.
Once upon a time there was a poor little girl named Cinderella who lived with a terrible stepmother and two even worse stepsisters.
She spent her days housecleaning while her awful stepmother and stepsisters had tea and cake.
My Thoughts as a Writer:
This humorous take on the traditional fairy tale shows a strong female character who makes her own decisions. The author has created an engaging voice for the story and provided us with a non-traditional ending that leaves some room for speculation.
My Thoughts as a Teacher:
This is a nice choice for showing students that princesses can be strong and make their own decisions—and maybe even try a different job. It would be interesting to compare and contrast this with a traditional version of the story.
Ages: 4 - 7
Grades: PreK – Grade 2
Themes: princesses, fractured fairy tales, careers
Discuss: What is your favorite page in the story? Why?
Draw/Write: What new job do you think Cinderella decided to try? Draw and write about it.