Cinder Edna

Cinder Edna


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“Exuberant and funny—kids will love this version of the familiar story for its humor and vibrant artwork.” School Library Journal

In Cinder Edna, Ellen Jackson and Kevin O'Malley team up to bring young readers the delightful story of what can be done without the help of a fairy godmother.

Once upon a time there were two girls who lived next door to each other. Cinder Edna was forced to work for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, just as her neighbor, Cinderella, was.

Edna, on the other hand, had learned a thing or two from doing all that housework, such as how to make tuna casserole sixteen different ways and how to get spots off everything from rugs to ladybugs. And she was strong and spunky and knew some good jokes.

Then one day the king announced that he would give a ball ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688162955
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 115,906
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.07(d)
Lexile: AD790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

ELLEN JACKSON was born and raised in southern California. As a teenager, she always wished her feet were small and delicate, and tried to cram them into shoes that were several sizes too small. Later, when she read the story of Cinderella to her kindergarten classes, she wondered how anyone could run in glass slippers, much less dance in them.

Now the author of several books for children, Ellen lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she has gladly forgotten the recipes for dozens of ways to make tuna casserole.

Kevin O'Malley has illustrated many entertaining books for children, including Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do! By Stuart J. Murphy, Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson, and his own Carl Caught a Flying Fish.

Kevin O'Malley lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Cinder Edna 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This adaptation of the classic children¿s fairytale Cinderella brings something of a mixture of the classic story elements (princes, castles, and fancy dress balls) with modern, contemporary settings (the city bus, penny loafers, and recycling plants)¿Cinder Edna is Cinderella¿s more self-reliant, self-sufficient neighbor who just doesn¿t have time (or see the point of) sitting around in the fireplace cinders feeling sorry for oneself. She gets out and about doing for herself and enjoying life¿she even knows 16 different ways to make tuna casserole (and that¿s quite spectacular, don¿t ya know)! While Cinderella needs her fairy godmother to get her a dress, a ride to the ball and snazzy glass slippers, Edna gets her dress off layaway, puts on her comfortable penny loafers and takes the city buss to the ball. In the end each girls get her man¿Cinderella gets her prince charming and Edna falls for charming¿s somewhat dorky younger brother Rupert. This story, like the classic, portrays a happy ending for all¿the somewhat ditzy and bubble-headed Cinderella spends her days in luxury and self-absorption (and is perfectly happy), Cinder Edna winds up in an ecologically friendly soar-heated cottage with her recycling prince¿and she also lives happily ever after (in a life that looks to be infinitely more interesting and full of fun than that of Cinderella and her boorish, snobby prince). I enjoyed reading this as did my 7 year old. I got a kick out of the artwork, which goes along so very well with the message of this particular adaptation (that living happily ever after is in the eye of the beholder¿and getting there doesn¿t necessarily involve fairy godmothers and magic¿you CAN make your own happily ever after)! I give Cinder Edna 5 stars and two thumbs up¿it made me smile deeply and often and even had a few laugh out loud moments that really made my day! I¿d recommend it as a read aloud for ages 5-7, though it¿s a picture book I don¿t think that he length of the text makes for ideal reading for younger children (3-5). I also think it would be well received by children transitioning to independent reading, as this would provide a ¿new story¿ with some familiarity and the amount of text is just about right for emerging independent readers (6-8).
librarianlou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cinderella's next door neighbor lacks the fairy godmother but has plenty of initiative.She finds her own way to the ball and meets her handsome prince
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story about Cinderella's no-nonsense neighbor Cinder Edna is funny. It has a feminist message that's overt without being irritating, which isn't easy to do.
Hollywood75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cinder Edna is a new twist on an old fairy tale. It is a story about one princess who is pratical and inventive verses another princess who is her every opposite. The sstory teaches the reader that beaty is in the eye of the beholder and that happiness can some in many forms. I read this to my six year old and she laughed and laughed.
jenvid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet twist on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. I fell in love with Cinder Edna, and I like how it gave a great message to girls to be themselves. In a classroom environment, I would use this tale when discussing fairy tales. I would grab three or five different versions of Cinderella, and have the students discuss the similarities and differences. Venn diagrams can also be introduced for this lesson.
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fractured fairy tale where Cinderella shows reader sensible attitude and actions for a modern twist on an old "outdated" favorite.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Cinder Edna" is a modern retelling of the Cinderella fairy tail, but with a twist.In it, we have both a Cinderella and a "Cinder Edna". One is of the fairy tail archetype, the other is a practical, no-nonsense, independent female. Both find their princes, but only one really reaches "happily ever after."Maybe it's just that I don't seem to have a sense of humor, but it felt as if this book really had an agenda of sorts. If it was a just simply a modern retelling (or re-imagining) of the classic story, I wouldn't have any problems. However, it's the fact that, it pits one against the other, as a sort of "the right way" and "the wrong way" fable, seems to imply that one who believes in the 'Cinderella" method is destined to be helpless, useless, and overall ignorantly vapid. It's the subtle rebuke that makes it so hard for me to really enjoy this simple story.I'm probably over analyzing this story and I hope this is just all in my head.
arielaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every little girl should have this version of Cinder Ella. Cinder Edna lives next to Cinder Ella, and while their circumstances are similar, their responses couldn't be more different. Cinder Edna is a strong, independent, hopeful character who makes lemons out of lemonade and cares more for use and value than appearances.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this book- best Cinderella story ever! Good for upper elementary and middle school.
SarahWilmot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent example of a FAIRYTALE because it combines the world as we know it with some fantasy. The stories of Cinderella and her next-door-neighbor Cinder Edna, are compared throughout this fairytale, shedding a different light on the traditional story of Cinderella.Age Appropriateness: primary to intermediateMedia: colored pencil and paint (?)
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
How many ways do you know of to cook a tuna casserole? If you're Cinder Edna, you know 16 different ways! I absolutely adore this book! I picked it up at my local library many years ago and was enthralled by it. When I saw it in a small town country store in West Virginia, I bought a copy for my own. Cinder Edna is a wonderful counterweight for all the princess fairy tales that are out there. Now, I have nothing against fairy tales. I personally love reading them and love reading re-tellings of them, but I also believe that there needs to be something to balance them. Something that teaches young girls that they have the power to make their own destinies and they don't have to rely on a Fairy Godmother or Prince Charming. Cinder Edna does this. Cinder Edna lives next door to Cinderella. She's treated just as badly by her stepmother and stepsisters, but she doesn't just take her fate lying down. She doesn't sit in the cinders thinking about all her troubles. She learns to cook tuna casserole 16 different ways. She does odd jobs around the neighborhood. She takes the bus to the various places she needs to get to. Maybe she's not as conventionally pretty as Cinderella, but she's spunky and fun-loving. She marries a prince too, but not one who's conceited and vain like Prince Charming; a down-to-earth man who loves her just like she is. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all parents, caregivers, children, teachers, etc. It's one of the best "alternate" fairy tales out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now that my cousins have daughters I'm always on the lookout for books that challenge the norms of girls and princesses an being pretty, pink, and marrying a prince. This is an excellent example of what I look for, even though she does marry a prince. I just can't say enough good things about this book, it's funny, smart, and wonderfully made. The story is fantastic, the artwork is amusing and well done. When ever I run across a girl in need of a book, this will be in the top 2 stories I hand her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Classical fairy tales are cute, but sometimes they seem to be one demensional. This is not the case with Cinder Edna, Cinderella's neighbor who has the same problems the poor princess does, but approaches them by taking care of them herself. There is a happy ending and happily ever after, but no one helps Cinder Edna get there...she does it all on her own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. It proved that everyone can live the fairy tale. In real life you need to put a little effort in to achieve your dream. Sometimes the dream comes when you're not even looking for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old daughter and I love this book! The author did a great job showing how life is what you make of it! I also liked how the story depicted common interests and values over perfect beauty!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this Cinderella book because it's very funny and it's like the real Cinderella story. It was very cool and has great pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Cinder Edna! It was great to read about someone who see's the glass half full instead of half empty. My sisters and I all loved it. It was more realistic to how life really happens than is Cinderella.