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Cinderella Smith

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A book by Stephanie Barden

Cinderella Smith has aproblem with a capital P.She loses shoes almost asquickly as she puts themon her feet. But now she’s lost themost important shoe of all: her shiny,ruby red tap shoe. Without it shewon’t have a chance of being chosenPumpkin … see full wiki

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Author: Stephanie Barden
Publisher: HarperCollins
1 review about Cinderella Smith

This is a clever and humorous book that can teach children to think

  • Apr 29, 2011
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A good but not necessary way of introducing a youngster to this clever and witty book is to ask the child to think of how a young girl living today, her family, and home, would be if she was exactly the opposite of the fabled Cinderella. This can be done by having a discussion with the youngster before the child reads Barden’s book or, if the youngster is antsy about having a discussion, suggest that he or she think about it before the reading.


This will help young people develop their imagination and their thinking process and, since they will have to mull over objects and processes, such as castles and step-sisters, they will understand them more deeply. We should recall that psychologists wrote that the best way to know something is to understand both the thing itself and its opposite.


I make this suggestion because Stephanie Barden, the author who is a school teacher, built her story and its humor on the notion that Cinderella Smith is in many ways different, yet somewhat similar to her fabled antecedent.


For example, her mother is not a cruel step-mother; she is her natural loving parent who refuses to give her daughter everything she craves, such as a cell phone, a dog, and earrings. Is this cruelty? She is called Cinderella as a nickname, not because she toils among the cinders, but because, similar to the Cinderella of old who lost a single shoe, she keeps losing her shoes. There is a prince in the story, but he is her neighbor Charlie Prince with whom she had a crush, not love as the legendary Cinderella, when she was younger. She has no step-sisters, only one natural one who is younger than her, who she adores and who loves her. While the ancient Cinderella had no outside friends, she has, but she suffers from the usual childhood problems with them, jealousies, competitions, and battles produced by misguided pride.


Cinderella begins a new school year and discovers that a girl from Los Angeles has moved to her home town and is in her class. When this girl hears that Cinderella was given her name because she resembles the fabled Cinderella she asks her to tell her how to deal with step sisters, because her mother is marrying a man with three daughters she hasn’t yet met. This is a problem for Cinderella because she has no step sisters. She has other problems when her friends become jealous of her because the new girl likes her and when some of her shoes go missing. Is someone stealing her shoes?


Youngsters will enjoy the tale, its charismatic characters, funny plots, and quirky illustrations.  

This is a clever and humorous book that can teach children to think This is a clever and humorous book that can teach children to think

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May 01, 2011
Thanks, Sharrie. Israel
May 01, 2011
Great! Just the perfect gift for my niece! Clearly, I've no idea what to get kids these days!
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