Cinderella With A Feminist Twist
Seeing a picture of the Prince in a magazine prompts Cinderella to want to go to the ball, meet the Prince, and have a fairy-tale ending. She calls a Fairy Godmother to help dress her since she has nothing appropriate to wear. But what she ends up with isn't the dress of her dreams.
Unlike the story we are used to, her carriage is a turnip with a variety of strange animals pulling it. And even the castle is not what Cinderella imagined.
Furry slippers and all (the Fairy Godmother did a stellar job of dressing Cinderella), she enters the castle only to find that it is a dance competition and the winner gets to dance with the Prince.
Cinderella's dancing is quite different (not in a good way) but she ends up winning. Quickly she sees that the Prince is not her type, so she dashes from the ball.
Cinderella has to walk home since her turnip coach is nowhere to be found. On the way home, she sees a sign offering women career opportunities. So she decides to create her own ending to the story.
What Concerned Me:
- The dancing, fashion, coach, and animals were fun, but I wonder if they were intended to be a message that those things were all a bit too "feminine."
- Cinderella's immediate dislike for the Prince appeared to be nothing more than his bad breath.
- One of the signs at the Job Fair is,
"Sick of lame princes? Sick of fancy pink dresses? Want to do something fun for once?"Now perhaps I'm being overly sensitive, but pink and dresses and believing in love and a Prince can be a fun fantasy for girls. In my opinion, kids need to be kids for a few years.
I do agree with the fact that people, both men and women, should not sit back and wait helplessly for their future to unwind, but rather take an active role in shaping their future. But this book felt more adult based, with an adult message.
What I Liked Most:
I especially liked the illustration of the coach and animals pulling it.
I do think with some guidance that this book can be used as a positive tool to help empower both boys and girls.
Author: Davide Cali
Illustrator: Raphaelle Barbanegre
Publisher: Tundra Books (October 2017)Ages: 3 - 7