|Courtesy of www.janbrett.com|
|Chickens at my grandpa's farm|
I enjoyed reading this story, partly because of the neat characters, the fresh spin on an old story, and the enchanting artwork! So many things occurred on each page as evident by the lively illustrations with the neatest details - chickens printed on the door handles of the palaces, chickens dressed in Russian clothing, a beautiful winter scene with the brightest whites and most royal blues I have ever seen, framed settings (the chicken barn, the forest, the inner palace)! The Silkie Hen is a beauty with her royal purple ribbon and fluffy tail feathers, and Cinders looks astounding in her glowing ball gown! Jan Brett included chickens of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and the final embrace between the prince and new princess chicken is a sweet ending to an enjoyable story - like the cherry on top of a hot-fudge sundae! Using chickens in this Cinderella story as opposed to people makes the fairy tale even more magical, and the love that buds between the clucking birdies is believable to anyone peeking inside the palace windows with Silkie. I also admire how Tasha befriends and cares for her father's chickens! On a personal note, she is "a girl after my own heart!"
According to Jan Brett, this story was inspired when she actually witnessed chickens being selfish! There are not a lot fiction stories that do showcase chickens as beautiful animals, and I think it's time that these lovely birds receive their due! Cinders does a great job representing the chicken kingdom and retelling a classic fairy tale in a fun manner that children will enjoy. For more information about Cinders, visit Jan Brett's helpful and interesting blog post!