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By Gregory Maguire

Book extras: "Cinderilla or, The Little Glass Slipper" (read the unique model of the vintage fairy tale); examining staff guide.

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed writer of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated moment novel, an excellent and provocative retelling of the undying Cinderella tale.

In the lives of youngsters, pumpkins can become coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... once we develop up, we examine that it's way more universal for people to show into rats....

We all have heard the tale of Cinderella, the attractive baby solid out to slave one of the ashes. yet what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy via the celebrity in their attractive sibling? What destiny occurred these untouched via attractiveness . . . and what curses observed Cinderella's beautiful looks?

Set opposed to the wealthy backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an unsightly Stepsister tells the tale of Iris, an not likely heroine who reveals herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to an odd global of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's direction speedy turns into intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally appealing woman destined to turn into her sister.

Clara used to be the prettiest baby, yet used to be her existence the prettiest story? whereas Clara retreats to the cinders of the family members fire, burning all stories of her earlier, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets and techniques of her new household--and the treacherous fact of her former life.

God and devil snarling at one another like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmothers attempting to undo each one other's paintings. How we strive to pin the realm among contrary extremes! way over an insignificant fairy-tale, Confessions of an unpleasant Stepsister is a singular of good looks and betrayal, phantasm and knowing, reminding us that deception could be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the main unforeseen of areas.

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They often ate dinner together,for Hugh was a great traveler over the whole country and always had news to tell to the holy brothers who lived in cells. One night, as he was eating supper at an inn, four men came in and sat down at the table with him. By his magical power, Hugh knew that they were robbers and meant to kill him that night, in order to get his money. So, to divert their attention, Hugh made something like a horn to grow up out of the table, and then laid a spell on the robbers, so that they were kept gazing at the curiousthing all night long, while he went to bed and slept soundly.

Soon the two cats came over to his clothesand oneof them put her paw into the pocketthat containedhis purse. WELSH FAIRY TALES 19 At this, with one sweep of his sword, Hugh struck at the cat's paw. The beast howled fright- fully, and both animalsran for the chimneyand disappeared. After that, everythingwas quiet until breakfast time. At the table, only one of the sisters was present. Hugh politely inquired after the other one. He was told that she was not well, for which Hugh said he was very sorry.

The wise men of the Court believed the story which the six wicked women had told, and Rhiannon, the Queen, though innocent, was condemned to do penance. She was to serve as a porter to carry visitors and their baggage from out doors into the castle. Every day, for many months, through the hours of daylight, she stood in public disgrace in front of the castle of Narberth, at the stone block, on which riders on horses dismounted from the saddle. When anyonegot off at the gate, 36 WELSH FAIRY TALES she had to carry him or her on her back into the hall.

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