CINDERELLA

The author-illustrator of The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring (2001) works her particular beguilement over Cinderella, using the Perrault story with elements from the Grimms. When Cinderella’s nasty stepsisters request expensive gifts from their father, Cinderella asks only for a twig, which she plants next to her mother’s favorite rose bush. A hazel tree grows and a white bird with a beautiful song inhabits it, easing Cinderella’s loneliness. When the prince announces the ball, and Cinderella begs to go, her stepmother flings a bowl of lentils into the fireplace and says she can go if she can pick up every lentil in two hours. It is the birds who come to help Cinderella in this task, but of course, the stepmother refuses anyway. Later, the white bird is gone, but a white-winged fairy godmother under the hazel tree transforms Cinderella into a golden-gowned princess. Although the stepsisters beg for and receive Cinderella’s forgiveness in the end, the birds do not permit them to leave their old house, but keep them imprisoned there while Cinderella and her prince live happily ever after. Eighteenth-century gowns and furnishings adorn this story, and Sanderson makes use of a silvery swath of fairy light to entwine Cinderella’s gown and the enchanted coach. A Cinderella for Sanderson fans. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-316-77965-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2002

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LAST DAY BLUES

From the Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures series

One more myth dispelled for all the students who believe that their teachers live in their classrooms. During the last week of school, Mrs. Hartwell and her students reflect on the things they will miss, while also looking forward to the fun that summer will bring. The kids want to cheer up their teacher, whom they imagine will be crying over lesson plans and missing them all summer long. But what gift will cheer her up? Numerous ideas are rejected, until Eddie comes up with the perfect plan. They all cooperate to create a rhyming ode to the school year and their teacher. Love’s renderings of the children are realistic, portraying the diversity of modern-day classrooms, from dress and expression to gender and skin color. She perfectly captures the emotional trauma the students imagine their teachers will go through as they leave for the summer. Her final illustration hysterically shatters that myth, and will have every teacher cheering aloud. What a perfect end to the school year. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2006

ISBN: 1-58089-046-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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HELLO, HARVEST MOON

As atmospheric as its companion, Twilight Comes Twice, this tone poem pairs poetically intense writing with luminescent oils featuring widely spaced houses, open lawns, and clumps of autumnal trees, all lit by a huge full moon. Fletcher tracks that moon’s nocturnal path in language rich in metaphor: “With silent slippers / it climbs the night stairs,” “staining earth and sky with a ghostly glow,” lighting up a child’s bedroom, the wings of a small plane, moonflowers, and, ranging further afield, harbor waves and the shells of turtle hatchlings on a beach. Using creamy brushwork and subtly muted colors, Kiesler depicts each landscape, each night creature from Luna moths to a sleepless child and her cat, as well as the great moon sweeping across star-flecked skies, from varied but never vertiginous angles. Closing with moonset, as dawn illuminates the world with a different kind of light, this makes peaceful reading either in season, or on any moonlit night. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 22, 2003

ISBN: 0-618-16451-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2003

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