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Happily ever after

This traditional tale is told from the godmother's perspective! This godmother was not always a godmother. Her journey began when she became an orphan at a young age. Before her mother passed, she left a magical wand made of mahogany. It was said that "three taps will change one thing into another, but only for a short time. And the magic must be used to help someone you love." The young orphan was confused. She had no one to love and no one who loved her. What purpose would this wand have?When she grew up, she worked as a blanchisseuse, a washerwoman. She worked for a very kind, but ill woman. In return for her hard work, the woman named her nannin', godmother, of her baby girl-- Cendrillon.

Written by Robert D. San SouciIllustrated by Brian PinkneyPublished byAladdinCopyrighted2002


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Cendrillon was able to enjoy herself at the ball, as her father, stepmother, and stepsister did not recognize her. She even caught the attention of royalty--Paul. They danced and laughed the entire night, losing track of time. When Cendrillon's godmother tells her that is it almost midnight, she leaves the ball hastily-- without saying goodbye.She runs as fast as she can home, losing one of her pink slippers. Paul chases after her, recovering the slipper. He is devastated.Paul spends the following days visiting the houses of all the young unmarried women who lived on the island. He has each woman try on the slipper. The search becomes exhausting until he places the slipper on Cendrillon's foot. He says, "You are as beautiful this minute as you were last night." And the rest was history.


It wasn't long before Cendrillon's mother passed away. Her father eventually remarried and had a new daughter. Cendrillon spent the rest of her childhood working like a serving-girl for her unpleasant stepmother and stepsister. She confined in her godmother, who ensured that someday she will find a way to help her.When Cendrillon grew older, she also became more and more excluded. One day, while she was doing the family's laundry by the river, she explained to her godmother how upset she was that she was not going to the royal ball with her family. Her godmother promised Cendrillon that she would go, but she was left asking herself, "How am I to keep my promise?" It was in this moment that she remembered the very wand that her mother gave her. That evening Cendrillon's godmother used her wand to create the ultimate experience for her beloved goddaughter.

Topics: fairy tales, common elements of fairy tales, point of view, problem/solution, culture, morals, lessons, and much more!

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