Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Cinderella Story

On Sunday, December 5th, Please Touch Museum will be receiving a couple of regal visitors: Cinderella and the Prince! Thanks to Enchantment Theatre Company, the royal couple will be visiting PTM’s Story Castle at 12:30. We hope you can join us for a special story time and a chance to meet Cinderella and the Prince up close! To help you prepare for their arrival, here are some of our favorite versions of the Cinderella story that you can read at home:

Cinderella by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Loek Koopmanso, translated by Anthea Bell
  • Loek Koopman’s watercolor paintings bring this familiar story, translated from Charles Perrault’s original French by Anthea Bell, to life in a whole new way. The chief surprise is that both Cinderella and the Prince are portrayed as children, a novel twist that children will enjoy as they imagine themselves as part of Koopmans’ richly-portrayed fairy tale kingdom.

Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mary Blair
  • Beloved and bestselling author Cynthia Rylant offers her own spin on the classic tale, accompanied by the paintings of Mary Blair. Ms. Blair was a concept artist for the Walt Disney Company, and these gorgeous paintings represent some of her designs for the 1950 film.

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie, illustrated by Ed Young
  • This ancient Chinese tale contains all of the classic elements of the Cinderella story: the overworked beauty, the wicked step sisters, a handsome prince, and a lost slipper. The story will be familiar enough to all readers, but will provide a unique cultural experience for young readers. Mr. Young’s dreamy artwork is the perfect counterpoint for this story.

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  • This wonderful book is a celebration of both this particular favorite fairy tale and the universality and joy of storytelling itself. Mr. Fleischman collects Cinderella’s from around the world and weaves them into a single, breathtaking tale. Come see kimonos and kingfishers, desert and deciduous forest all portrayed beautifully in Ms. Paschkis’ illustrations.

Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of Cinderella will run from December 7 to January 2. Click here for more details.

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