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Cinderella you'll ever readGail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original Ella is bound by obedience against her will and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact it is she who ultimately rescues him Ella Enchanted has won many well deserved awards including a Newbery Honor. Ella Enchanted is like a koala A big soft cute koalaAnd if you mess with it it'll use it's big sharp not so cute claws to tear your face offSeriouslyIt's just a cute little fairy tale for teenage girls about a silly little world Accept it for what it is Leave it at that Don't delve any futher Don't consider it from a feminine perspective don't rationalize it from a historical stand point don't try to analyze is for hidden metaphors or literary valueJust read rinse repeat and move onimage error

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Ella EnchantedAt birth Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda who bestows on her the gift of obedience Anything anyone tells her to do Ella must obey Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction but not feisty Ella Instead of making me docile Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me Or perhaps I was that way naturally When her beloved mother dies leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father and later a loathsome stepmother and. My daughters have watched the Disney movie Ella Enchanted many times and loved it immensely They are enad by the Disney princess genre even princesses who do not fit nicely into the company's traditional definition of princess Until last week I had never viewed the film with them being that I hardly fit the definition of girly girl myself often opting for whatever sporting event is in season I enjoyed the concept of a medieval Cinderella who is not necessarily forced to do back breaking work for an evil stepmother but to be obedient to her and whoever else orders her around Seeing the film version lead me to this Newberry award winning book by Gail Carson Levine At birth Ella of Prell is gifted by the fairy Lucinda to always be obedient at all costs Growing up she once had to eat an entire birthday cake nearly relinuish a toddler gnome to an ogre and lose friends than she ever made only because someone had ordered her to do so Unable to tell anyone of her curse Ella appears deceptive to the world often times leading her to lead a solitary life As in the traditional Cinderella story Ella's mother dies when she is fifteen years old At her mother's funeral she stays out of sight in case someone orders her to do something and she is too sad to be obedient At this trying time in her life she meets Prince Char of Kyrria for the first time and he is instantly smitten with her leading to a lengthy uest of his over the course of the book to win her hand in marriage Although not instantly enad Ella over time realizes what her curse could do to Char and his kingdom and seeks out Lucinda to take back this curse once and for all Unlike the movie there is no shopping mall protest soundtrack or evil uncle and his pet snake waiting to take over the kingdom In Levine's original version we do meet Areida of Ayortha Mandy the fairy godmother and Dame Olga and her atrocious daughters Hattie and Olive In addition to them we meet a traditional medieval cast of elves gnomes ogres and giants All these people and other beings play a role in Ella's curse making for a memorable book for middle grade readers As a mother of girls I enjoyed that the Ella in the book is a heroine for all beings regardless of their place in society She is assertive and is not subservient to her prince as the traditional Disney Cinderella is In this modern retelling Ella alone seeks out to reverse the curse cast upon her by Lucinda making her a strong heroine character for girls The movie was fun yet Disneyfied but Gail Carson Levine's book version of Ella Enchanted is a fun strong read and worthy of its Newberry rating a solid 4 stars

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Ella Enchanted Summary ´ 108 À At birth Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda who bestows on her the gift of obedience Anything anyone tells her to do Ella must obey Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction but not feisty Ella Instead of making me docile Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me Or perhaps I was tTwo treacherous stepsisters Ella's life and well being seem to be in grave peril But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a uest for freedom and self discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse fending off ogres befriending elves and falling in love with a prince along the way Yes there is a pumpkin coach a glass slipper and a happily ever after but this is the most remarkable delightful and profound version of. Such a cute story it was a lot of fun