This week, we got to review Jan Brett’s latest book, Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella. A big thank you to Jenifer for loaning us the book!
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I’m sure that most of you are familiar with Jan Brett’s beautifully intricate illustrations. I first discovered her when I came across one of her most popular books, The Mitten. What I love about her book is that her illustrations cover the page, and there are tons of details on each page that relate back to the main story going on in the middle of the illustration.
Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella is, as I’m sure you can guess, the story of Cinderella with chickens as the characters. It’s a really fun twist on the story. Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella is set in a Russian winter and begins when Tasha, a little girl, has to struggle through a snowstorm to feed the chickens in their tower (the fanciest chicken house I’ve ever seen!). She cannot open the door to leave, so she decides to sleep in the warm tower and wait for her father, who was going to be home the next day.
While Tasha sleeps, the chickens begin to talk and get ready for a ball. Cinders is bossed around and has to help the other chickens get ready, so she has no time to get herself ready for the ball.
After the other chickens leave, a “beautiful Silkie hen” appears and waves her wand to dress Cinders in beautiful clothes (complete with glass slippers) and causes Cinder’s eggs to glow with a silver sheen. There is the traditional pumpkin, pigeons, mice, and ducks turned into dashing transportation, and Cinders is warned that the spell will end at midnight. The book closely follows the fairy tale, and it is just a fun retelling of the classic story.
Here are Brontë’s thoughts on Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella:
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Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella
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