Cinder Edna

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They boogied and woogied. At last they stopped for a round of punch. Edna learned that Rupert 1 loved tuna casserole, 2 played the concertina, 3 knew some good jokes. She told him one about the anteater from Afghanistan, and he told her the one about the banana from Barbados.

The Magic spell disappears at midnight! The buses stop running at midnight! Both princes took off after them, and in their haste, succeeded only in knocking each other to the ground.

In the collision, his glasses had fallen, and shattered. The one I love is called Edna. The othe a dainty glass slipper. Each brother had a plan to find the girls. Randolph was going to go house to house with the glass slipper to see whose foot it fit. Rupert did a search on girls named Edna, then went to each of their homes for an interview.

He asked each to list the tuna casserole recipes she knew. Both searches seemed to be in vain. Something about her seeemed familiar, and when the shoe fit, she wore it, along with its mate, which she drew from her pocket.

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Meanwhile, Edna had been out back, mowing the lawn. Both brothers proposed and both Ella and Edna accepted. They were married in a double wedding, and, after things had settled down, adjusted to marital living. Cinderella spent her days trying not to yawn while she listened to her husband make speeches all day, and her nights listening to him brag about the army.

During the day [Edna]studied waste disposal engineering and cared for orphaned kittens. And at night, she and her husband laughed and joked, tried new recipes together, and played duets on the accordion and concertina. Guess who lived happily ever after? Notes: This is a very silly story with a great moral: girls, you don't need a man, you just need a good toolbox!

Ellen Jackson's text and Kevin O'Malley's spot-on illustrations offer a refreshing plain-old-every-day-magic cure for the blues. The message for girls and boys seems to be that a good attitude, an open mind, and a sense of humor will carry you through hard times. Sure, life can be hard, but that's all the more reason to follow your bliss and develop your talents.

Also, you never know when a good joke is going to come in handy! Interesting to note that Cinder Edna does have an indirect animal helper: it is by cleaning her neighbor's parrot cage that she earns money for her dress, proving again that Cinderella and birds go together like a horse and carriage.

Cinder Edna

Children who are of this age typically love jokes and riddles. When my youngest son was six years old and discovered riddles I had to go out an buy him a brand new riddle book.


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I knew all the answers to every riddle he could think of: his older three siblings had worn them out on me already. Struggling readers are often inspired by jokes and riddles. A good riddle book and two six or seven year olds is a great combination! They can take turns reading riddles or jokes to each other, and guessing the answers. Think about what Cinder Edna accomplished in this story by earning a little money and setting it aside. In a small group, brainstorm about a goal you would like to accomplish during this school year.

It should be something that can be accomplished mostly by yourselves. Maybe there is a museum you want to visit, a trip to the symphony or opera you would like to take, or another special event. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cinder Edna , please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 07, Laura rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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To view it, click here. This was given to me as a gift. I wanted to like it, but I don't. Marrying someone after knowing her for only one evening is advisable if based on mutual unattractive This was given to me as a gift. Marrying someone after knowing her for only one evening is advisable if based on mutual unattractiveness and sense of humor.

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Didn't we hear this already in the antebellum South? Is the author by chance a Tea Partier? Forget practicality. This book grates on me because it beats you over the head with its moral lessons about beauty and recycling while ignoring other important lessons like speaking kindly or sympathizing with those who are in trouble. I tend toward frumpiness myself, so it bothers me to be represented by this voice claiming the superiority of a lazy inattention to appearance and glorification of comfort.

With its denouncement of beauty, it stereotypes all us plainer girls as bitter and jealous of the prettier girls. It can be argued that this book is an answer to the over-representation of beauty in literature. The number of stunningly beautiful protagonists is ridiculous. View all 6 comments. Mar 03, Kathryn rated it it was ok Shelves: fairytales-folktales-mythology , childrens-picture-books. Cinder Edna I'm afraid I didn't love this. If it had just been a variation of the Cinderella story with "Cinder Edna" being her plucky, intelligent, outgoing self and the Prince being a bit more quirky and dynamic than fairytale princes are traditionally allowed to be, I probably would have enjoyed it.

Though I'm not a big fan of this style of illustration. But the foil with the traditional Cinderella and Prince really didn't sit well with me. I didn't like how cynical the "Cinder Edna" retelling was. After all, they are tales from the past and, once upon a time, girls didn't have any power, and most girls were not educated, could not hold property, etc. And being in power over ones own behavior, being kind, being generous, even with those who are "less than" you animals, for example was, in most circumstances, the most one could do toward controlling her happiness.

Cinderella was kind and patient in difficult circumstances--and she was rewarded by marrying as well as any woman could hope to do marriage usually being the only opportunity for a woman to change her circumstances and she was granted a "happy ever after. I'm very glad we have true stories about women who made history by breaking boundaries. I'm very glad I'm a woman of the 21st century. But I hope that I will not look down my nose on my sisters of long ago who could not do much beyond their sphere of domesticity--carrying ones burdens with a happy, kind heart is enough to make one a heroine in my book.

I know this got a bit beyond a review of the book and I know it is supposed to be a more modern version of the story--so if Edna can take a bus and get paid for working odd jobs then Cinderella had other avenues for self-improvement, too I guess it just touched a nerve ; View 2 comments. Jan 16, Manybooks rated it it was ok Shelves: fairy-tales-fantasy , parody , picture-books , preachy , book-reviews , childrens-literature. For I generally speaking and actually even absolutely do not really enjoy and in any way appreciate in no uncertain terms and with a lack of any nuance whatsoever categorically being told either orally or in written format what I am supposed to like and whom I am supposed to admire or imitate.

Aug 21, Marquise rated it it was ok Shelves: artbooks , plot-elements-from-ludicrousville , fantasy , fairy-tale-retellings. I didn't particularly like the silliness of the plot with two side-by-side Cinderellas, it didn't make much in terms of plot besides trying to use an "ugly" counterpart for the heroine for the purposes of being preachy. View all 3 comments. May 03, Mir rated it liked it Shelves: picture. This little fable about Cinderella's plain but hard-working neighbor Edna is cute but annoyingly obvious and preachy in a way that I had shoved down my throat all my school-years.

I'm sure anyone over age 5 would guess from the beginning that our sympathies are meant to be with with the upbeat Edna as she mows lawns and cleans birdcages Cinderella cleans all day too, but because she feels sorry for herself I guess we don't have to. We're supposed to admire Edna and her prince, Rupert, because This little fable about Cinderella's plain but hard-working neighbor Edna is cute but annoyingly obvious and preachy in a way that I had shoved down my throat all my school-years.

We're supposed to admire Edna and her prince, Rupert, because they care about the environment and dress sensibly. Personally, their "happily ever after" of eating tuna noodle casserole, studying waste disposal engineering, and playing the accordion sounded like even less fun than Ella and Randolph's life of being well-dressed and going to formal functions.

Plus, Rupert had a creepy resemblance to Woody Allen.

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But they do seem to suit each other, which I guess is a good point to make to the sort of little girls who ask for "princess" books: mutual interests are more important than beauty and prestige. Also, there were cute details in the illustrations, even if they didn't otherwise wow me. My favorite was Edna taking the bus to the ball, reading a book about "woofers and tweeters" with the little kid next to her.

Mar 17, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. I still love the story on this, um, 4th or 5th reread. I don't know that I find it particularly funny, exactly, but I do love the lesson that our own attitude determines our happiness, at least in the modern world. And I have a crush on Rupert myself As far as it dissing Edna's neighbor, Ella, well, I don't think it did so in a mean way, just strongly enough to make it plain how wrong it is to value beauty so highly over all else.

And that is a lesson we're all trying to teach our daughters I still love the story on this, um, 4th or 5th reread. And that is a lesson we're all trying to teach our daughters, so they don't become anorexics or Mean Girls, right? View 1 comment.

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