Cinderlily by David Ellwand
A Floral Fairy Tale

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Where have all the flowers gone? They’re dancing up a storm in this whimsical, wondrous rendition of a well-known fairy tale, created by the one and only David Ellwand.

For hours beneath the velvet sky they dance without a care,
Until the clock chimes midnight . . . then she’s no longer there!
Just a single lily petal and her fragrance in the air.

One magic night, a poor cinder girl is granted an impossible wish. It may be the most familiar of tales, but under the inimitable wand of David Ellwand, this timeless story blooms as never before. Here, the innocent heroine is a delicate flower, a lily whose faded petals spring to new life as she arrives at the Sultan’s ball in a butterfly-drawn coach. When the smitten Prince sets out in search of the shy, retiring flower who has vanished into thin air, leaving but a petal behind, it’s clear that Cinderlily’s comically garish, pansy-faced stepsisters won’t stand a chance.

With singular vision, humor, and a touch of computer magic, David Ellwand directs a delightfully expressive cast of flowers in a breathtaking production sure to enchant lovers of fairy tales - and lovers of flowers, too.

About David Ellwand

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David Ellwand, whose great talent spans from the best-selling Fairie-ality to the Amazing Baby board book series, works from a studio in Dorset, England.
Published October 13, 2003 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Waving his digital wand, Ellwand poses balletic figures made from flower parts against black backgrounds for an uncommonly elegant, theatrical rendition of the fairy tale.

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As Ellwand manipulates flowers to resemble graceful dancers (Cinderlily's leaps are modeled on Olga Korbut's), fanciful script lettering, delicate stencils and subtle page borders give the production the look of a wedding invitation.

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