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Title:
Cinderella : an Art Deco love story
Author:
Roberts, Lynn (Lynn M.)
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A retelling, set in the Art Deco period of the 1930s, of the familiar story of a girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but still manages to meet her prince with the help of a fairy godmother.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 73889.
Added Uniform Title:
Cinderella. English.
ISBN:
9780810941687
Format :
Book

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Clearfield Library PZ8.R52 CI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
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This is a retelling, set in the Art Deco period of the 1930s, of the familiar story of a girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but still manages to meet her prince with the help of a fairy godmother.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Flapper fashions and a posh, Gatsby-esque mansion situate this fairy tale in the Jazz Age.Cinderella sports a blond bob and has kohl-rimmed eyes. Her kindly father marries a regally witchy, fur-swathed woman with two gangly daughters, "Elvira and Ermintrude. Elvira was as wicked as Ermintrude was dim, and Ermintrude was very, very dim." They lounge in wicker garden chairs while Cinderella launders their silk stockings (with a hand-cranked wringer) and tidies the kitchen (where everything from the ceramic coffee service to the toaster to the electric wall-socket is period specific). At party time, a ghostly godmother attires Cinderella in a gauzy beaded gown, then transforms four white mice and two glowworms into the wheels and headlights of a silver roadster. Lynn Roberts's concise storytelling directs attention to her brother's meticulous illustrations. David Roberts alludes to the 1920s and '30s with designer wallpaper, fan-shaped mirrors and Japanese screens, while remembering to forward the plot with pratfalls and drama. Clumsy Ermintrude can't keep her nose out of Elvira's feather headband, and hesitant, graceful Cinderella moves smoothly among the flamboyant types in the supporting cast. With this volume's attention to accessories and interior decoration, the familiar story and the Prohibition era make a perfect fit. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K Up-This retelling of the classic fairy tale is mainly a vehicle for the artist. There are some changes to the story. Cinderella's kind, but forgetful and myopic father, unaware of the degradation he has brought upon his only daughter, redeems himself in the end by suggesting to the Prince that she be allowed to try on the glass slipper. As there is only one ball in this version of the tale, the fairy godmother, referred to here as "a kindly woman," puts in just one brief appearance, creating Cinderella's well-appointed Bentley-like limo from "a stout gray rat, a large leek, four white mice, and two glowworms." The cartoon illustrations, rendered in pen and ink and watercolor, show women with bobbed and marcelled hairstyles in '20s attire at the ball, the two stepsisters doing the Charleston to the beat of a stand-up pianist and big-band combo. Every piece of furniture, household decoration, and artwork reflects the Art Deco period, perhaps making the book more useful as a graphic representation of high fashion of the 1920s and 1930s than as a retelling of the Cinderella tale. Young children will not relate to the dry humor or appreciate the artistic approach.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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