A tale of two cities or should we say Cinderella. Disney Press is releasing a classic retelling of the story while Montreal born Michèle Marineau is a two-time Governor General’s Award winner and spins a new yarn with new elements added to the fairy-tale. Mary Blair painted the original concept art for Disney and with Cynthia Rylant’s words the book comes to live like a pumpkin like magic. The art is breathtaking and will be an elegant addition to any book collection. This is how picture books should be made. These two books will be released weeks apart, compare and have fun with this family favorite character.
Cinderella’s story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic found in this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney’s incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathered together as a picture book for the first time. Cynthia Rylant’s stories about hardscrabble lives have won not only awards and honors, but hearts. Who better to take a young girl from the darkness of her garret room to the light and brilliance of a ballroom?
Together these two great artists have created something quite astonishing: a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous, both for those who are coming to the tale for the very first time, and for those who think they know it well.
In Cinderella, author Michèle Marineau breathes new life into Charles Perrault’s timeless classic. Gone are the mouse, the horse and carriage, and the glass slippers, and in their place are a dog chauffeur, a flashy red car, and a modern pointy-toed shoe. Accompanied by charming illustrations by Mylène Pratt, this Cinderella-story is an empowering tale for children to embrace.