Continuing with our “fractured” fairy tales we would like to suggest the following two books. Check for them in your school library, your local library, book store or on line.
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson is another take on the Cinderella story. Edna is Ella’s next door neighbor and leads a different life than Ella. They both end up at the ball and the story goes from there. Very funny with good illustrations. For kids K – 3. After reading the story, ask your child: “Since Cinder Edna did not believe in fairy godmothers, explain how she got her ball gown.”
Kate and the Beanstalk is Mary Pope Osborne’s retelling of the fairy tale with Kate as the heroine. The story is very similar to the original but with a twist. Kids aged 4 – 8 will enjoy it. After they’ve read the story, ask: “Did you think that Kate was brave? Explain your answer.”