Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think this is a great “book for boys” and I really like how the Cinderella story is re-told.
By Trisha Sue Speed Shaskan
Illustrated by Gerald Guerlais
24 pages – ages 5+
Published by Picture Window Books on August 1, 2011
Theme/Topic – Fairy Tales / Books for Boys / Point of View
Opening and Synopsis – “You must have heard of me. The wicked stepmother? Not true. It’s just another one of Cinderella’s wild stories. Not as wild as the one about the pumpkin. And the fairy godmother. The real story, the true story, began with some chatter – and some dust.”
I’m sure you know the tale of Cinderella, but did you ever wonder what the
wicked misunderstood stepmother thought? I’m sure you never hear about Cindy’s non-stop talking and blabbering about all kinds of silly stuff like blue birds that help you sew and mice that turn into horses. The poor stepmother had no idea what she was getting herself into when she agreed to marry Cindy’s father.
Why I liked this book – This book is an awesome “book for boys.” It’s a pretty funny book also. The story reminded me of the “Fractured Fairytales.” What I really liked about it is that the story is very different when you hear it from the stepmother! So which version of the story is true?!? It is good to remember that different people can see the same story in a completely different way.
Activities and Resources –
There is a page at the end of the book called “Think About It” with questions and activities related to the book. Like “How would other fairy tales change if they were told from another point of view?”
I found a great make your own fractured fairy tales activity or to read a fairy tale and think about it in a different way at the “Read Write Think” website. Click HERE to go to it.
There are also other re-told fairy tales in the series that have other points of view too –
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!; The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf
Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks!;The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as told by the Giant
Believe Me, Goldilocks ROCKS!; The story of the Three Bears as told by Baby Bear