The author retells the Cinderella tale as told by the Wicked Stepmother. In this version, Cinderella is a very talkative child. She must miss the Prince’s Ball because she has lost her voice, and must stay at home to rest. The stepmother and her two daughters attend the ball and witness a beautiful princess who catches the prince’s attention. After the ball, the prince must find the girl he danced with who lost her glass slipper. In the end, the shoe fits Cinderella, she marries the prince and lives happily ever after.
I enjoyed this quick story of Cinderella from the Stepmother’s point-of-view. This story will help readers to think about how the other characters view this tale. It allows the reader to compare the original classic story to this version. As a matter-of-fact, there is a “Think About It” section which challenges the reader to compare and contrast other versions of the story; perfect for all students in the intermediate grades, middle school, and even high school. This book includes a glossary, a “Read More” section, and gives internet sites.
— K. Soderberg