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Glass Slipper [Paperback]

Eleanor Farjeon
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (Nov 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044817104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448171043
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have just finished reading this book to my seven year old daughter. The language is a little bit difficult to follow, and I had to explain some of it to her. However, despite this she enjoyed every minute of it. The book took many days to read and each day it was difficult to get her to let me put it down. Since she & I both enjoyed this retelling of the tale, I think that it is a very very good book. However, it could have done with a few more pictures by Mr. Shepard(No Pooh Bears, though!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical storytelling by the writer of "Morning Has Broken" 17 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Eleanor Farjeon, now considered by some to be old-fashioned, is one of the classic retellers of fairy tales. Her reworking of the Cinderella story is charming, humorous and magical. A similar modern-day classic is Robin McKinley's first book, Beauty. One of the special things about The Glass Slipper is the enchantment that plays a vital part of Ella's daily life. The inanimate things she cares for in her stepmother's basement kitchen come alive for Ella, filling the void her mother's death has left in her heart. The illustrations are done with a wonderfully delicate hand and bring Ella and her world alive for the reader. Also written by Eleanor (and equally wonderful!) are the classic hymn, Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens sang it), The Little Bookroom and The Silver Curlew (a retelling of the Rumplestiltskin story). Don't neglect these overlooked children's classics, and PRAY they come back into print!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail the age of Internet! 29 April 2004
By Gypsyharper - Published on Amazon.com
I found it! Like one of the other reviewers, I read this book, and re-read it and re-read it, in Elementary school and loved it! The internet and places like Amazon.com have been a god-send for finding those treasures of childhood I thought I'd never see again. This remains to this day my very favorite version of the Cinderella story. Well worth the read no matter how old you are!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable book from my childhood 9 Mar 1999
By Robin L. Grunder - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book over twenty years ago, when I was in 5th or 6th grade. It made a strong impression on me, so strong that although I eventually forgot the author's name, I never forgot the book. Wanting to reread it as an adult, I tried to find it without success. Finally, a few years ago, I returned to my childhood library while on a cross country trip. The children's books were in a different part of the library, but when I described the book to the librarian, she recognized it instantly, and told me the author's name. The book is now out of print, but I am still looking for a copy. Meanwhile, if you find it in a library, and want a wonderful naturalistic fairy tale, true emotions with the magic and mystery kept in, and a lot of humour, try it out.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book from my childhood, but mising the illustrations! 8 July 2013
By Margery L. Goldstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you read "The Glass Slipper" 40 or 50 years ago, as I did, you may be as disappointed as I am to discover that this Harper Trophy paperback reprint does not include the Shephard illustrations (the same illustrator as "Winnie the Pooh"), which contributed to the enormous charm of the original edition. The are no interior illustrations is in this edition, and the cover illustration is silly; I plan to put a slip-cover over it.

Nonetheless, "The Glass Slipper" is a wonderful version of "Cinderella." The best and most memorable passages are probably the verses, drawn from the original theatrical version: "Is not a scarecrow with a squint a/ Sweeter sight than Araminta?/ Close the eyes, avert the view ... Oh will she, will she fit the shoe?" But some of the non-verse passages have stayed with me over the years -- in particular, hungry Ella's discovery of four beautiful peaches and a game pie left for her by her fairy godmother after she has distributed her bread roll to needy birds.

"The Glass Slipper" is a great read-aloud book, with its sharp characterizations and its rich use of the English language. This week, I am in the middle of plowing through a teen book poorly translated from French; reading "The Glass Slipper" after that is like feeling a silk ribbon after a plastic-gimp lanyard.

P.S.: I must admit (responding to another reviewer's comments) that I have always preferred this to "Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard," which has always struck me as diffuse, plodding, and twee. I am rereading that one on my Kindle to see if my opinion changes, but so far, no luck.
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering a good read... 4 Jan 2011
By Rebecca Manring - Published on Amazon.com
When I was in high school, I worked at the local public library. There were books I would happen upon and would then read them if they looked interesting. I remember seeing this book on the shelf while working in the children's department, but I don't remember now why it appealed to me. I remember it was light blue with a pencil drawing on the front. Funny that I remember that 25 years later. As so many other reviewers have mentioned, it was the creativity of the story that has made it one book I have not forgotten. Now as a mother, I take my children to the library with my list of "good books" and we get things from my list (I recommend the "1000 good books" list from classical homeschooling.org) and it is books like this that will feed my children's minds and not just fill their time. These are the stories that make them late to do other work, the "just let me finish the chapter?" books. The ones that will make them look up the title on the internet 25 years after reading them just so others will know of the treasure of finding a great read. And as a mother, I know their minds are safe as their imaginations troll new worlds created by Farjeon. I can't wait for my daughter to find this one. I just might read it aloud to relive the wonder of it!
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