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Prince Cinders Hardcover – 1 Mar 1988
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About the Author
Babette Cole is the zany, inspired pen and brush behind a number of wildly popular and successful children's books. In a review of The BAD Good Manners Book (Dial), Publishers Weekly hailed her as "a connoisseur of the ridiculous." Ms. Cole lives in Lincolnshire, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Babette Cole brings Prince Cinders to life -- a gentle but scrawny young man who has 3 big, hairy brothers who are always whisking their princess girlfriends away for a night of partying at Palace Disco while poor Prince Cinders is left at home to clean up their mess. All Prince Cinders wants is to be big and hairy like his brothers, until one day Prince Cinders meets a slightly inept fairy who falls down his chimney and grants his wish (even if it didn't turn out quite how he pictured it).
This children's picture book is short and sweet, and very funny to kids most ages (although the book is officially geared towards children 4-8 years old). It's sort of a hip new look at the Cinderella story, with almost all the gender roles reversed. I think it's a positive and simple step towards addressing the issue of stereotypical gender roles in our society with children. It's a picture book, and a fun story, therefore it will be easily relateable to them, and it's a simple way to show them that girls don't always have to be the ones sitting at home waiting for their fairy godmother to show up! In this book, it's Prince Cinders who is hoping to overcome his 3 hairy brothers, instead of Cinderella wishing for rescue from her 2 ugly stepsisters (and 1 wicked stepmother). Prince Cinders is trying to win the heart of a Princess, instead of Cinderella hoping to win the heart of a handsome Prince. And of course, the Princess runs around the kingdom trying to find the man who fits the pair of trousers she finds (istead of a Prince searching for the maiden who fits the tiny glass slipper).
It's all in good fun, and I think everyone, young and old, can enjoy this easy read.