CENDRILLON: A Caribbean
by Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998 (hardcover)
Aladdin Paperbacks: An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division (paperback)
[ages 5-10] Grades Pre-3,
ISBN 0-689-80668-X (hc.)
ISBN 0-689-84888-9 (Aladdin pb.)
$16.00 USA $24.00 CAN
Picture Book Fiction
9 3/4 x 10 1/2
Rights: excl.: USPCOM
A Cinderella story from the creators of the Caldecott Honor-winning THE FAITHFUL FRIEND.
"You may think you know this story I am going to tell you, but you have not heard it for true." As a Caribbean fairy godmother sets the record straight, her spirited telling provides a fresh twist on a beloved tale. A poor washerwoman, she longs to help Cendrillon but doesn't see how until the girl falls in love with a rich man's son. Then she uses her magic wand to create carriage, horses, coachman, and gown so Cendrillon can attend her true love's birthday celebration. Robert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney combine humor, a feisty, unforgettable godmother, and an exotic island setting with all the romance and magic that has made Cinderella one of the most popular fairy tales of all time.
1999 ALA Notable Book for Children
1999 A Booklist Editors' Choice
1998 Americas Award Honorable Mention (the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs [CLASP])
"[Starred Review] Particularly vibrant, both in its melodious language and its spirited art. . . A vital rendition of an old favorite." -- Booklist
"[Starred Review] An outstanding Cinderlla variant for any collection." -- School Library Journal
Robert D. San Souci is the highly acclaimed author of more than fifty books for children. He was inspired to write CENDRILLON when he came across a nineteenth-century version of the story in a collection of fairy tales from Martinique. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Brian Pinkney won a Caldecott Honor Award for THE FAITHFUL FRIEND and Coretta Scott King Honors for both THE FAITHFUL FRIEND and SUKEY AND THE MERMAID. He is also the author and illustrator of THE ADVENTURES OF SPARROWBOY, which won the 1997 Boston Glove/Horn Book Award. He creates his art using scratchboard and oil paints. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.