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And At The Stroke Of Midnight...

Reviewing: Scholastic Cinderella  |  Rating:
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What do the words "bippity-boppity-boo" conjure up? Walt Disney's Cinderella, of course! As the story of a beautiful girl-turned-servant to her stepmother and stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia, unfolds, every little girl's dream comes true. As is the case with my own six-year-old daughter. The classic story is told in a colorful book, when the mice and birds really do come to life. As my daughter read me the story, I could hear the excitement of what was going to happen next in her voice.

This is a story that my daughter loves to act out, leaving her glass slipper and all. She dresses up in her most beautiful dress and pretends that her brother (unwillingly) is her Prince Charming. Disney's version of Cinderella is probably one of the most beloved princess stories of all time.

Cinderella's animal friends make her a beautiful gown, only for it to be torn to shreds by her stepsisters. She was not going to be able to go to the ball! But alas, her fairy godmother comes to the rescue! She creates a beautiful coach pulled by horses, a beautiful gown and glass slippers. As Cinderella arrives at the ball, it doesn't take long for Prince Charming and Cinderella to fall in love with each other. But wait! The clock is now striking midnight and Cinderella rushes off, leaving a slipper in the process. The next morning everything is back to normal at her home. However, the Prince has fallen in love with this mystery woman and wants to find her. The Grand Duke is sent throughout the land to find her, only having the glass slipper to match the maiden's foot. He finally arrives at her home, but she is locked up in her tower! As he is getting ready to leave (since the glass slipper does not fit her stepsisters), Cinderella's mouse friends, Jaq and Gus, have been able to get the key to unlock the door. Cinderella rushes down the stairs, but her stepmother, sensing Cinderella was the maiden, trips the Grand Duke, and he falls, breaking the slipper. Fortunately, she has the matching slipper and puts it on. Cinderella and Prince Charming are then married, living happily ever after.

As far as entertainment value goes, most girls will love this story. The educational value is that it teaches young girls to read as well as teaching girls that they can overcome adversity and do well in life. There is a good moral to the story, dreams can come true, but also shows that it is good to have dreams.