Reviewer Tiffany Schlarman: Tiffany is an avid reader with a passion and love for books. Tiffany enjoys sharing her passion of reading with her children and her friends. She is a stay-at-home mom by day and works in management for a call center of a textbook company that provides for high schools, colleges and universities around the globe.
Author: Susan Meredith
Publisher: Rocking Chair Publications
CinderElla is a “new, kinder, gentler”
telling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. Written with the
grandparent approved seal, the book has no scary stuff and is full of
tickles and giggles as it puts its own spin on the classic story of
Cinderella and her prince, featuring an enchanted pair of shoes that
love to dance. It is quite different from the
classic fairy tale story of Cinderella, as it strives to
remain positive in all aspects. Ella loses her mom from disease
at a young age but not before realizing how much she is loved and
valued. Her father eventually marries again but not to an evil
stepmother. The stepmother tries to help Ella become more lady
like. Her stepsisters are not mean but are very self centered
The book focuses on teaching positive manners and
behaviors while discouraging the negative. When Ella meets her
prince everyone lives happily ever after while learning the lesson
“good things come to those who wait” and “Be content with what
While I personally feel there is nothing scary
about the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, I also enjoyed this version. The book encourages values and life lessons such as
kindness, sharing, honesty, manners, courage and strength.
These are lesson every child should learn. Ella learns that
beauty comes from within and is not self centered or greedy, she just
tries to be kind and helpful to others. I wouldn’t
choose to replace the classic with this rendition, nonetheless I did like the
story this book told.
The book is full of vocabulary words that
are underlined and defined in the back. I thought this was an
interesting and unique touch. I would recommend this book for
children ages two to eight years old, especially those children who
may scare easily. This Gram’s Fairy Tale is sure to bring
only tickles and giggles to your child as promised.