Robin Redbreast

Robin Redbreast
Birds can represent the fluttering, darting thoughts of intuition. This is why little birds helped Cinderella help herself.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cinderella #334 The Cinderella Show (1986) Ahlberg, J.& A.


Cinderella #334 The Cinderella Show (1986) Ahlberg, J.& A.
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Once upon a time, there were two lovely people named Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Even if one had never met either of these two people face-to-face, one could at once guess several things about these two artists with the last name. The first is that they like children; the second that one or both of them are teachers. The third guess is that they are a married couple, although it is also possible that they are brother and sister, or mother and son. Here is the playbill for their imaginary (or not!) Cinderella Show:
The story opens with a line drawing of Town End Primary School, telling  us first glance that we are not in the USA any more. Charming little cartoons show us the children getting ready for a performance, searching for missing wands and peeking through the curtains. The kindly teacher prevailing over it all is just called Sir, but he seems a benevolent master. Midway through the performance it is "Time for a break; Refreshments are coming up. There's mince pies made by Mrs. Drew and tea at ten pence a cup." The story ends with Prince Charming asking, "Cinderella, will you marry me?" and her responding, "All right then." The announcer reads, "And so our play is ended, an hour of tears and laughter. There's only one thing left to say: They all lived happily ever after!" 
From: The Cinderella Show (1986) Ahlberg, J.& A. Great Britain: Viking Kestrel

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