Published by Little Simon on September 13th 2016
Genres: Children's Picture Book
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The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale!
Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters...
The classic tale of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Mexico as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from Mexican illustrator Sandra Equihua, Cinderella is still the same girl with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.
I’m not entirely sure how I discovered that Chloe Perkins had written the fairy tales with a twist. But I knew I couldn’t wait to read these to the little ones. When I saw the library had Cinderella and Snow White, I immediately put them on hold at the library.
The illustrations in Cinderella are absolutely beautiful. They are colorful and include such a beautiful images of the Mexican culture; I couldn’t wait to read this story with a twist. A story that my girls would relate to.
The problem for me was that there really wasn’t a twist. Only the illustrations were different but the story was still the same. I was hoping that Perkins would include more of the Mexican culture in the story instead of just the illustrations. It felt like a missed opportunity.
The other issue I had was that there was entirely too much text on each page for a board book. I think it would’ve been better if this had been a regular book not a board book.
Overall, I loved the illustrations but I really wished that the story included the Mexican culture and gave it a real twist instead of just changing the illustrations.