Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey

Dokey, Cameron. Before Midnight. New York: Simon Pulse, 2007.

Her mother wishes that Old Mathilde will love her daughter. Her father wishes never to see his daughter again. Such are the beginnings of the girl called Cendrillon. When her father remarries, changes come to the estate. In Chatal de Saint Andres and her daughters Anastasia and Amelie, Cendrillon finds a family.

What I thought: I never imagined there could be a version of Cinderella where the stepmother isn’t wicked, but here it is. The wicked one is Cendrillon’s father. I like the way Dokey uses pumpkins in the story. They use their pumpkin harvest to get them to down and the carriage the boys procure to take the ladies to the ball is shaped like a pumpkin. The story is even more appealing because all the girls have a love interest, not just Cendrillon.

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