Walt Disney by Cynthia Rylant
Cinderella ('s Cinderella)

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This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love.

 

Cinderella’s story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic found in this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney’s incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathered together as a picture book for the first time. Cynthia Rylant’s stories about hardscrabble lives have won not only awards and honors, but hearts. Who better to take a young girl from the darkness of her garret room to the light and brilliance of a ballroom?

Together these two great artists have created something quite astonishing: a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous, both for those who are coming to the tale for the very first time, and for those who think they know it well.  

 

 
 

About Cynthia Rylant

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Cynthia Rylant has written more than 100 children's books, from board books and picture books, to chapter books and novels. Rylant won the Newbery Medal for her novel Missing May, and a Newbery Honor for A Fine White Dust. She's also the author of over 20 Henry and Mudge chapter books, and has illustrated her own picture books, including Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven. Mary Blair (19111978) was one of Walt Disney's most brilliant conceptual designers, helping define the look of such classics as Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953) during her 34 years with the company. She also brought her distinctive, colorful style to children's books, advertisements, theatrical set designs, and theme park attractions.
 
Published August 28, 2007 by Disney Press. 64 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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As with 2007’s Walt Disney’s Cinderella, written by Cynthia Rylant, this volume showcases the color sketches of Blair, who was a production designer for many of Disney’s classic animated films.

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In this “bibbity-bobbity-boo”–less rendition of the classic film’s plot, Rylant focuses on larger themes—“Every day Cinderella wished for Love”—rather than characters, crafting a lyrical romance free of sympathetic small animals, songs, much dialogue or even (with the titular exception) names.

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In this "bibbity-bobbity-boo"-less rendition of the classic film's plot, Rylant focuses on larger themes—"Every day Cinderella wished for Love"—rather than characters, crafting a lyrical romance free of sympathetic small animals, songs, much dialogue or even (with the titular exceptio...

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Walt Disney: Cinderella (Walt...

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Animators took their character and color cues from her conceptual paintings, like these Blair created for Disney’s Cinderella (1950), here paired with an elegant retelling by Newbery Medalist Rylant, which begins: “This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something l...

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Rylant's poetic, restrained retelling of this well-loved story is a noteworthy addition to the trove of retold fairy tales;

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