Thursday, January 17, 2013

Variations on a theme

IF THE SHOE FITS by Sarah Mlynowski. Scholastic, 2013.

The series is called "Whatever After." In the first book in the series, Abby and Jonah travel through a magic mirror to the land of Snow White. Here, the story involves Cinderella. Abby and Jonah travel through the mirror to a palace where a fancy party is being held. Sure enough, there is Cinderella, but the Prince seems to be interested in someone else. How can that be? Before long, of course, Abby and Jonah's presence have changed the course of the story. Now, it is up to them to set things right. Dropped bricks, clownies, and characters who do not fit into their stereotypes make this a humorous addition to the variants on this story. Be sure to let students know about Grimm, Perrault, and others who have shared versions of Cinderella. Philip Pullman's new book with retellings of Grimm is also a good resource.

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