Sweet Cinderella is forced to spend her days waiting on her cruel stepsisters and stepmother, almost forgetting that she, too, was once a fine young lady with handsome clothes and a soft bed to sleep in. But when Cinderella is left at home on the night of the Prince’s ball, her fairy godmother turns pumpkin into coach, mice into horses, lizards into coachmen, and Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown. At the ball, Cinderella captures the prince’s heart, but it is not until he finds the true owner of the delicate glass slipper that the two can live happily ever after.

Author Notes:
Cinderella stories appear in the folklore of almost every culture in the world. This is a retelling from two classic versions, the French and the German. (Perrault and Grimm) I have tried to balance the light, sometimes frivolous tone of the French version with the dark, sometimes ominous tone of the Grimm's tale.

"""It takes courage to proffer yet another version of Perrault's classic, but Sanderson, as gifted with the turn of a phrase as she is with the stroke of a brush, delivers an exceptionally exquisite rendering. Her luminous oils conjure up a gorgeous eighteenth-century backdrop, characters in elegant dress, and a richly appointed manor house where Cinderella slaves over her stepmother and stepsisters' demands. Just as Sanderson goes to great length to set the stage, so she paints personality and emotion into each of her characters."" - Booklist ""The glitter on the cover foreshadows the glamour in Ruth Sanderson's retelling of Cinderella (when the fairy godmother transforms her, ""Cinderella was thrilled""). Although based on Charles Perrault's classic tale, this version weaves in elements of the Brothers Grimm: Cinderella forgives her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, but when it's time for her to wed the prince, a flock of vengeful birds pecks the terrible trio, confining them to their house. Even as the heroine tends the fire, readers will see her beauty."" - Publisher's Weekly"

Publisher: Little, Brown, 2003
ISBN: 9780316779654