Fairy Godmothers of the Four Directions
By Jennifer Morse
188 pages – ages 9+
Published by Amazon Digital Services on December 22, 2015
Synopsis- You all know the story of Cinderella, don’t you? Her wicked stepmother and stepsisters are cruel to her, making her clean the house, and when an opportunity to go to a ball comes up, they forbid Cinderella from going, while they do. But Cinderella gets help from a Fairy Godmother and goes to the ball, dances with the prince, and ends up running away when her dress poofs away at midnight.
But, doesn’t that story have some major holes? What was Cinderella’s life – what was her name – before her parents died? How many years was Cinderella under her stepmother’s tyrannic rule? Why was the stepmother so cruel? How did she get custody of Cinderella?
After getting away from the stepmother, Cinderella, while in love with the Prince, is full of grief over everything she has lost. With the Kingdom in danger, she must go to the Fairy Godmothers of the Four Directions (North, East, South, West) to learn how to be a stronger person. Or else, the Kingdom will be in grave danger…
What I Thought- This was an interesting book. The story is one of internal change, and bettering yourself. It also is about the natural beauty in the world. The book starts off as a sort of fractured fairytale, by going to the Cinderella story, and making it relevant to the book (heads up – it turns out that the stepmother is a witch, for example). Then it takes Cinderella (or Charlotte, as she was named) to the Fairy Godmothers of the Four Directions, which is helping her prepare to be an excellent queen (not drowned in her grief). The book has a sort of “self-help” type of feel, and a way of “speaking” to everyone as Cinderella went through her trials. There is a lot of symbolism in the story. Ms. Morse’s writing style is unique, where dreams and reality are mixed. There was a lot going on in the story and I had to slow down as I read it as I found myself close to getting “lost” a few times but Morse’s writing kept me into the story. The book was rather good, starting off strong, but the ending seemed a bit rushed compared to the rest of the book. There were some minor editing errors here and there that threw me off my pace. I enjoyed the book very much, but was left wanting more. I’d be happy to read more from this author.
I give this book four out of five bookworms.