With richly detailed pastel renderings, Caldecott Honor illustrator Diane Goode paints a new rendition of this oft-retold classic fairy tale. All the usual suspects are on hand, yet in this version, the plot gets a little – shall we say – hairier than in the original. Predictably, scruffy Cinderella is chained to the stake of servitude while her evil, well-heeled stepmother and stepsisters bark out incessant orders of domestic obedience. Thankfully, at the hand of the furry-uh, fairy godmother, submissive Cinderella is plucked from the bottom of the pack and placed firmly in the alpha role as belle of the ball. The prince finds the unassuming heroine fetching of course, and sets out in dogged pursuit of the midnight mystery lady.
Children will delight in this tale of Good versus Evil as the underdog triumphs graciously over the coldhearted, antagonistic stepsisters. Discerning children subconsciously attuned to the subtle symbolism may glean a larger moral issue, thereby prodding mom and dad to head to the local shelter instead of a breeder for a canine companion.