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Cinderella



Last updated Thursday, November 17, 2011

Author: Kinuko Y. Craft
Date of Publication: 2000
ISBN: 9781587170041
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2011

Synopsis: This brilliant edition of a timeless story is sure to become the favorite of a generation. Readers young and old will be enchanted by the vision and mastery of Kinuko Y. Craft's luminous paintings, inspired by the lavish artwork of late seventeenth-century France and embellished with extraordinary borders and ornamentation. Rich with radiant color and astonishing detail, here is a dream come true for anyone who has ever believed in living happily ever after.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you seen the movie “Cinderella?”
•  Does anyone have step brothers and/or sisters?

Vocabulary Selection:
•  HAUGHTY -- disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; archaic noble or exalted.
•  GALLANT -- brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashing. A brave, high-spirited, or adventurous man.
•  WILTED -- to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither. Lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.: to wilt after a day's hard work.
•  COARSELY -- composed of relatively large parts or particles. Lacking in fineness or delicacy of texture, structure, etc.
•  REGALIA -- the ensigns or emblems of royalty, as the crown or scepter. The decorations, insignia, or ceremonial clothes of any office or order. Rich, fancy, or dressy clothing; finery.
•  RADIANT -- sending out rays of light; bright; shining. Characterized by health, intense joy, happiness, etc. Sending out heat by radiation.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  After everything that Cinderella’s step-sisters put her through getting them ready for the ball, do you think you would be nice to your step-sisters like Cinderella was when she talked with them at the ball?
•  Were you ever not allowed to go to a party because you did not finish all your chores?
-- If so, what did that feel like?
-- Did you ever finish the chores?
•  If you had a Fairy Godmother what kind of things would you ask her to do?

Craft ideas:
•  DESIGN AN INVITATION FOR THE ROYAL BALL.
•  MAKE A MAGIC WAND LIKE THE ONE THAT WAS USED BY CINDERELLA’S FAIRY GODMOTHER.
•  DESIGN A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION THAT COULD BE USED TO TAKE CINDERELLA TO THE ROYAL BALL.
•  GIRLS -- DESIGN A BALL GOWN.

Special activities:
•  Build Cinderella’s coach with using all the kids in the reading group as the parts of the coach.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!