Is there any story more enchanting than the classic story of a girl, a couple of mean stepsisters, a glass slipper and a handsome prince?
by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
The lush illustrations of this tale of a washer woman who is gifted a magic wand will transport the reader to the Caribbean.
by Ellen Jackson, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
This story has two "Cinderellas", and they are both overworked and overlooked. A great compare-and-contrast story.
by Susan Lowell, illustrated by Jane Manning
This rootin', tootin', rip-roarin' tale takes place at a ranch, where Cindy Ellen has a cowgirl fairy godmother to help her deal with her family woes.
by Gail Carson Levine
A quirky, wonderful twist on the classic Cinderella tale. Gail Carson Levine is funny and charming in her descriptions of Ella (a young girl cursed with the gift of obedience), the characters and world that surround her. If you've seen the movie, you're missing out on a LOT. Nothing against Anne Hathaway, but Levine's story is best told in her own words instead of on the big screen.
by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Robert Florczak
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this Persian addition to the classic Cinderella tale.
by Nina Jaffe, illustrated by Louise August
I love that the author included the music and words to a traditional Yiddish wedding song in this Easter European Jewish Cinderella story.
by Babette Cole
This fun, wacky book has a male "Cinderella" who is just as put-upon as the female Cinderellas.
by John Steptoe
This exquisitely illustrated book introduces the reader to African culture while it weaves the tale of Mufaro's two daughters, both beautiful, but with very different temperaments. Which one will the king choose to be his wife?
by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Ruth Heller
I loved how the author incorporated some Korean words into the narrative.
by Mindy Dwyer
Beautiful illustrations help bring forth this magical story set in the Last Frontier.
illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Flashlight Worthy says:
Margaret Kim Peterson, Associate Professor of Theology at Eastern University, recommended we add this book to the list and describes it as "lovely!!"
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Leah lives near Washington D.C. and is an obsessive list maker. She loves lists so much that she creates topical bibliographies -- for fun. She also collects volvelles, nutcrackers, unusual names and map hankies. She talks about books and many other things on her blog, Fig Newtons and Scotch.
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