|French ladies of the 17th century.|
Notes: This version does not contain the morals which Perrault included, and which can be found in Cinderella #8. The ethereal beauty of the illustrations, line drawings with gauzy pinks, yellows and blues are the stuff dreams. From the glamorous gowns to the glittering pumkin coach, this 1954 Caldecott Medal winner, translated and with pictures by Marcia Brown. It has the dreamy look of times long past. It is another treasure from the Berkeley Public Library, this time from North Branch. It is available on Amazon, I see, as, I suppose, most everything is. http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/about_the_library/neighborhood_branches/north_branch.php
That is the branch that I grew up walking to, just a few blocks away from Mr. Mopps, the best toy store in the world. There is a rumor that they are closing but as of January 2011 they are still going strong. http://www.yelp.com/message_board_search?talk_query=mr+mopps&location=
This is the classic version, though minus the translation.
Montessori Connection: 6-9, Adjective Search/ Fundamental Needs, Clothing. Find ten adjectives that describe Cinderella's clothing or house. ( wretched straw pallet; fine chambers; inlaid floors; cherry velvet; gilded [pumpkin] with pure gold; fancy livery; stuffs as fine; splendidly dressed; little slipper; more magnificent)
9-12: Adjectives: comparatives and superlatives. How many can you find? ( proudest, haughtiest, not quite so rude; a hundred times more beautiful; best advice in the world; she dressed them perfectly; the most beautiful pumpkin; the most elegant mustaches you have ever seen; the prettiest in the whole world; the seat of greatest honor. )