Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell
A Wild Western Cinderella

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Once there was a rancher who married for his second wife the orneriest woman west of the Mississippi. She was meaner than a rattlesnake, and she had two daughters who were the spitting image of her. The rancher also had a daughter, who was just as sweet and gentle as could be. Her name was Cindy Ellen.

Cindy Ellen is one of the best cowgirls for miles around, but her mean old stepmother and stepsisters make sure she does nothing but dirty work around the ranch all day long. When the biggest Cattle King for miles around sends out an invitation for a two-day rodeo celebration, it's time for a fast-talkin' Fairy Godmother to teach Cindy Ellen a little something about gumption. After Cindy Ellen lassoes first place at the rodeo and ties up the heartstrings of Joe Prince, all she has to do is gallop home before midnight. The classic tale resumes when what's left behind is one diamond spur, and one prince's determination to find the cowgirl it fits.

 

About Susan Lowell

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Susan Lowell's family has lived in the American West since Gold Rush days. She is the author of several picture books for children, including The Three Little Javelinas, a Reading Rainbow Book, and The Bookmaker and the Elves, winner of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Her novels for older children are I Am Lavina Cumming and The Boy with the Paper Wings. She and her husband and their two daughters divide their time between Tucson, AZ, and a ranch near the Mexican border.
 
Published April 26, 2000 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Thanks to a spirited fairy godmother who gets all the best lines—“ ‘Remember, there ain't no horse that can't be rode, and there ain't no man that can't be throwed!’ ”—Cindy Ellen does make the local cattle baron's rodeo and follow-up square dance, proves herself a roping, riding champion, and ul...

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Remember, there ain't no horse that can't be rode and there ain't no man that can't be throwed!"" Lowell's savory slang adds punch to this tale, which stresses the fairy godmother's message that ""magic is plumb worthless without gumption."" Manning (The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches) enhances ...

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"Savory slang adds punch to this tale, which stresses the fairy godmother's message that 'magic is plumb worthless without gumption.' Illustrations lush with cactus-flower colors and pale maize gold enhance this rawhide-and-lace fantasy," said PW.

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