by Charles Perrault
Illustrated by K.V. Craft
New York, NY 2000
"Remember, if you stay one instant after the last stroke of midnight, your
carriage will become a pumpkin... while you yourself will appear just as
humble as you did before."
goes the pronouncement of Cinderella's fairy godmother as the ragged maiden,
now magically transformed into a ravishing beauty, climbs into her magnificent
coach and sets off for the prince's ball. Telling after telling, age after
age, this vision continues to thrill and enchant readers, for Cinderella
has become a forever-loved story that will never grow old.
With her exquisite touch, Kinuko Craft now brings a new warmth and depth
to this kind girl who, though cruelly mistreated by her stepmother and
stepsisters, wins the fair prince's heart. Luminous scenes, inspired by
seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France, are radiant and rich with astonishing
detail. For all those who dream of fairy godmothers, lavish balls, and
living happily ever after, here is a fantasy come true. (from book jacket)
I agree with the summary of this fine edition of the classic tale. ~ed.