Sunday, January 10, 2010


Cinderella, Marcia Brown, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1954, 29 pp

This version of Cinderella won the Caldecott Medal in 1955. Marcia Brown illustrated the book and also translated the story from one by the French author Charles Perrault. (I have recently learned that almost every country of the world has a Cinderella tale. We have the versions from several countries at Once Upon A Time in our multi-cultural section.)

The illustrations are truly beautiful; a sort of pen and watercolor look. I vaguely remember this book from my childhood, though I have these images mixed up with the ones from the Disney movie and book.

In this version, there are two balls with Cinderella losing her glass slipper on the second night. Once she marries the prince, she forgives her nasty stepsisters and gives them a home in the palace with lords for husbands. Hmm.

(Depending on when you come in to shop, this version of Cinderella is available in our picture book section at Once Upon A Time Bookstore. We can also order it for you and have it in a few days if we are out of stock.)

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