This digital version of Cinderella is retold based on one of the most popular versions of the fairytale, written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault added the pumpkin, fairy-godmother and glass slippers to the classic tale, making this a very familiar rendition of the rags-to-riches story for modern audiences.
As an app, this book is very well made and has a nice page turning style with arrows that trigger 'scrolling' to the next scene by moving the perspective to another part of the house rather than simulating a traditional page turn. The app has several simple sound effects on each page and a few light animations throughout the story. Classical music also accompanies the book and is a nice addition to the storytelling.
The interactivity is a small portion of the reading experience, but is nonetheless enchanting since it involves flinging the fairy godmother's wand to magically transform the mice, pumpkin & slippers for Cinderella's trip to the ball. The book also has simple but thorough settings for narration, sound effects and music.
There is one small 'extra' bundled with the book. A set of 'character' cards, like collectible trading cards with fronts and backs that can be 'flipped' over to read funny embellishments & additional information about what happened after the story to each of the main characters, including: Cinderella, the prince, the prince's assistant, the mice, fairy godmother, step-mother and step-sisters. Additional extras are listed as 'coming soon'.
Overall this is a very nice version of the traditional fairy tale with small flourishes to enhance the familiar story. For lovers of princess stories, this is a satisfying read.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel/Gerald Guerlais
One Hundred Robots
18 - 25 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 10
Once upon a time, there was a widower who married a proud and haughty woman as his second wife. She had two daughters, who were equally vain. By his first wife, he'd had a beautiful, young daughter, who was a girl of unparalleled goodness and sweet temper. The Stepmother and her daughters forced the first daughter to complete all the housework. When the girl had done her work, she sat in the cinders, which caused her to be called "Cinderella". The poor girl bore it patiently, but she dared not tell her father, who would have scolded her, since his wife controlled him entirely.
One day, the Prince invited all the young ladies in the land to a ball so he could choose a lovely wife. As the two Step sisters were invited, they gleefully planned their wardrobes. Although Cinderella assisted them and dreamed of going to the dance, they taunted her by saying a maid could never attend a ball.
As the sisters swept away to the ball, Cinderella cried in despair. Her Fairy God mother magically appeared and vowed to assist Cinderella in attending the ball. She turned a pumpkin into a coach and mice into horses. She then turned Cinderella's rags into a beautiful gown, complete with a delicate pair of glass slippers. The Godmother told her to enjoy the ball, but warned that she had to return before midnight; otherwise, the spells would be broken.
At the ball, the entire court was entranced by Cinderella, especially the Prince, who never left her side. Cinderella lost track of time and left only at the final stroke of midnight, losing one of her glass slippers on the steps of the palace in her haste. The Prince chased her, but outside the palace, the guards had seen only a simple country wench leave. The Prince pocketed the slipper and vowed to find and marry the girl to whom it belonged. Meanwhile, Cinderella kept the other slipper, which had not disappeared when the spell had broken.
The Prince tried the slipper on all the women in the kingdom. When the Prince arrived at Cinderella's villa, the Stepsisters tried in vain to win over the prince. When Cinderella asked if she might try, the Stepsisters taunted her. Naturally, the slipper fitted perfectly.
Cinderella returned to the palace, where she married the Prince. The moral of the story is that beauty is a treasure, but graciousness is priceless. Without it, nothing is possible; with it, one can do anything. [Source: Wikipedia]
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