In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
-- S. I. Hayakawa

Beginning readersYoung readersElementary readers
5 stars

Cinder-Elly

AR: 3.1
Lexile:
RC: 4.2
by Frances Minters     Illus. by G. Brian Karas
Short Picture Book
Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Original post — Thursday, November 8, 2007

Cinder-Elly is a little sister living in the inner city. In this rap version of the classic Cinderella story, she doesn't go to a ball, she goes to a basketball... game. Get it? There, she meets the star basketball player named Prince. Guess what his last name is. Right, his last name is Charming. His name is Prince Charming. Get it?

     Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of rap, but I'm not really impressed by this book. The rhymes are sometimes clever, but it's not enough for me. I do like the illustrations, though. I just wish the story was better. Even though I don't care for it much, I think younger kids will enjoy, and older kids might like it, too.

(Last modified:04/06/2008)

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