Cinderellis and the Glass Hill

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill


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Ralph said, "Rain tomorrow."
Burt said, "Barley needs it. You're covered with cinders, Ellis."
Ralph thought that was funny. "That's funny." He laughed. "That's what we should call him— Cinderellis."
Burt guffawed.

In this unusual spin on an old favorite, Cinderlla is a boy! He's Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luckily, he does have magical powders, and he intends to use them to win the hand of his Princess Charming— that is, Marigold. The only problem is— Marigold thinks Cinderellis is a monster!

Gail Carson Levine is the author of Ella Enchanted, a spirited retelling of the "real" Cinderella fairy tale and a 1998 Newberry Honor Book. In this fourth of her Princess Tales, Levine brings new life and new fun into a little-known tale and proves that determination, imagination, and kindness can carry the day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060283360
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/02/2000
Series: Princess Tales Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 630,548
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. He lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

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Ellis was always lonely.

He lived with his older brothers, Ralph and Burt, on a farm that was across the moat from Biddle Castle. Ralph and Burt were best friends as well as brothers, but they wouldn’t let Ellis be a best friend too.

When he was six years old, Ellis invented flying powder. He sprinkled the powder on his tin cup, and the cup began to rise up the chimney. He stuck his head into the fireplace to see how far up it would go. (The fire was out, of course.)

The cup didn’t fly straight up. It zoomed from side to side instead, knocking soot and cinders down on Ellis’ head.

Ralph and Burt came in from the farm. Ellis ducked out of the fireplace. "I made my cup fly!" he yelled. The cup fell back down the chimney and tumbled out into the parlor. "Look! It just landed."

Ralph didn’t even turn his head. He said, "Rain tomorrow."

Burt said, "Barley needs it. You’re covered with cinders, Ellis."

Ralph thought that was funny. "That’s funny." He laughed. "That’s what we should call him--Cinderellis."

Burt guffawed. "You have a new name, Ellis--I mean Cinderellis."

"All right," Cinderellis said. "Watch! I can make my cup fly again." He sprinkled more powder on the cup, and it rose up the chimney again.

Ralph said, "Beans need weeding."

Burt said, "Hayneeds cutting."

Cinderellis thought, Maybe they’d be interested if the cup flew straight. What if I grind up my ruler and add it to the powder? That should do it.

But when the cup did fly straight, Ralph and Burt still wouldn’t watch.

They weren’t interested either when Cinderellis was seven and invented shrinking powder. Or when he was eight and invented growing powder and made his tin cup big enough to drink from again.

They wouldn’t even try his warm-slipper powder, which Cinderellis had invented just for them--to keep their feet warm on cold winter nights.

"Don’t want it," Ralph said.

"Don’t like it," Burt said.

Cinderellis sighed. Being an inventor was great, but it wasn’t everything.

In Biddle Castle Princess Marigold was lonely too. Her mother, Queen Hermione III, had died when Marigold was two years old. And her father, King Humphrey III, was usually away from home, on a quest for some magical object or wondrous creature. And the castle children were too shy to be friendly.

When Marigold turned seven, King Humphrey III returned from his latest quest. He had been searching for a dog tiny enough to live in a walnut shell. But instead of the dog, he’d found a normal-size kitten and a flea big enough to fill a teacup. He gave the kitten to Marigold and sent the flea to the Royal Museum of Quest Souvenirs.

Marigold loved the kitten. His fur was stripes of honey and orange, and his nose was pink. She named him Apricot and played with him all day in the throne room, throwing a small wooden ball for him to chase. The kitten enjoyed the game and loved this gentle lass who’d rescued him from being cooped up with that disgusting, hungry flea.

King Humphrey III watched his daughter play. What an adorable, sweet child she was! Soon she’d be an adorable, sweet maiden, and someone would want to marry her.

The king sat up straighter on his throne. It couldn’t be just anyone. The lad would have to be perfect, which didn’t necessarily mean rich or handsome. Perfect meant perfect--courageous, determined, a brilliant horseman. In other words, perfect.

When the time was right, he, King Humphrey III, would go on a quest for the lad.

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill. Copyright © by Gail Levine. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Cinderellis and the Glass Hill 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cinderelli's and the Glass Hill is a wonderful book to read if you read Ella Enchanted you will love this book.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another entry in Levine's Princess Tales series, which are actually a collection of novellas that retell various fairy tales, some well known, others more obscure. Don't let the title fool you - Cinderellis focuses on a lesser known tale about knights trying to scale a glass mountain to win the hand of a princess. The only similarity this story bears to Cinderella is that the main character (a boy) gets covered in cinders and is thus nicknamed 'cinderellis'; and that he has two brothers (not stepbrothers) who don't include him in their friendship.I was not in the least disappointed by this, though, because I really enjoy reading retellings of the lesser know stories. While I do love my Cinderella variations, there are just so many of them out there! Plus, I think I read the original of the glass hill tale in one of Andrew Lang's collections. It's hard to say - there are so many variations and similar fairy tales - but I at least read one with a glass hill and knights.What makes Levine's Princess Tale series so lovable is the humanity and humor she brings to the old stories. Instead of archetypes, we get real people, with strengths and flaws (especially for the main characters), and lots of laughs. Cinderellis is an inventor, mainly of special powders, and desperately lonely. His brothers have never included him in their brotherly games (or farming, as the case may be). Princess Marigold is lonely, too, with a father always off on his quests, and children too intimidated by her royalty. And yes, she has a name! The obtuse nature of Cinderellis's brothers is funny, and the king's misadventures are a running joke, and miscommunications abound. Cinderellis is a light hearted story, sweet and quick, and an interesting resurrection of an odd fairy tale.flag abuse
CeridwynR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For younger readers. This has a nice fairy tale quality but the gender shift in making 'Ellis' a boy doesn't come with enough depth for me. The brothers were genuinely awful though.I'm also dismayed that a book for under 10s has a 15 year old hero and heroine who get married. What is this craze for pubescent nuptials and why? I'm beginning to fear a conspiracy by the promise keepers...
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just read this one again. I'm glad Ellis got what he wanted in the end! With brothers like that, he deserved a happy ending.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill is about a boy named Cinderellis. I think he is brave because he entered a contest to go up a slippery glass hill. There¿s a princess named Marigold and she ahs a cat named Apricot. Read the rest of the book to find out if he wins the contest. I recommend this book to 2nd and 3rd graders. I recommend this book because it makes you feel excited and it made you want to read on! I think people that like fantasy will like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These book are really cute. I read this book in a couple of hours. It's about this princess who's father won't let anybody marry the princess unless they and their horse can go up the glass hill. It's a cute story and an easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the cutest book i have ever read. i thought it had a great story line. after reading the book in the libary i went out and bought it for myself. read this book its great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything Gail Carson Levine touches turns to gold, and this is no exception. Cinderellis and the Glass Hill is a great book (not as great as Ella Enchanted, but still great).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cinderellis has two brothers whom don't believe he can make things happen with his magical powders. He wants to marry the princess. I am not giving away the ending
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own this book and read it from begining to end without stopping the second I got it home. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good fairytale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must-read. If you have any other fairy tale book titles that I might enjoy please e-mail me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really cute! I love all the little details that made this book so enjoyable! Gail Carson Levine is really creative! I really recommend Cinderellis and the Glass Hill!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
best book in the whole world i couldn't put it down i borrowed it 2nd period and finished it at bed time ( not reading in class.) i read everytime i had the chance!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this a cute retelling of the cinderella story.....with cinderella portrayed as a guy!! cinderellis lives with his two mean older brothers......princess marigold doesnt want to get married to whatever man climbs the glass hill......but she likes cinderellis.....can they both get what they want? very cute retelling........i totally reccomend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Levine's best of the series. With a cool twist on the classic Cinderella. A super book by my favorite author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In reading the other tales from the princess series, I must say, that this is one of the best books I have read this year (which is about 50.) It was exciting, it was very good, because I don't usually enjoy omnipresent books, but this one was astounding! The thought of a king building a glass hill to see whom his daughter will marry is proposterous! It is so silly that it is endearing, and sweet. You will fall in love with characters...except the ones you AREN'T supposed to love, of course. It was funny, romantic, cute and endearing, a book for people ages 2 to 200!