|"In a flash of magic dust,|
a fairy bear appears!"
Illustration by Siewert, P.
Cinderella #213 Cinderella Bear
Once upon a time, there was a sparkly book of rhyme: Poor Cinderella works all day, She has no fun at all. She mops the floor, then makes the beds, and brushes out the hall." When the family hears there will be a ball, oh, the names her sisters call! But a "fairy bear appears", Cinderella sees her through her tears. The magic dress and coach come then, and take her to the ball. Of course, she runs away and loses a shoe. The prince says, "It must be tried by all!" Now the Prince seeks his bride. The stepsisters' feet are "too wide". But if fits Cinderella "like a glove", and the prince says, "My dear, it's you I love!"
From Cinderella Bear by Harris, S. Illustrated by Siewert, P. (2000) San Diego: Silver Dolphin Books
Notes: This is a pretty little princess of a book. Although it may seem to scream GIRLIE-GIRL!, you might be surprised to know that little boys fortunate enough not to have been shamed, enjoy the pink sparkles too!
1. For Teachers to Contemplate: What Did Maria Say about the imagination? Feed it! So lighten up, please. A beginning reader will love this book, the Cinderella story has a lot of history behind it, and fairy tales are not some kind of intellectual cupcake to be severely restricted. So get over it!
2. For children: Read this book to yourself. Or read it to a friend. Or read it to a younger child.