Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Books for Fans of Disney's CINDERELLA / Book Reviews #SummerReading

Summer is a great time to catch up on some of the biggest blockbuster movies that have recently been released either in theaters or to DVD. This week I'm featuring movie tie-in edition books for some of these movies. One of our favorite movies we saw in theaters last year was Disney's Cinderella. Now out on DVD, this movie is one we've enjoyed watching numerous times. One of the things I love about movies, are the books inspired by the movie. Today I'm featuring a few Disney books that are great for fans of Cinderella.

A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES: From The Grimm Brother's Aschenputtel To Disney's Cinderella 

By: Charles Solomon
Published by: Disney Publishing
Released on: February 10th, 2015
Purchase from: Amazon
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"A coach. A glass slipper. A royal ball. A fairy godmother." It's a story of faith, love and kindness overcoming greed, jealousy and rage. Explore the world's most iconic fairy tale in Charles Solomon's A Wish Your Heart Makes. With rare and never-before-seen artwork and images, A Wish You Heart Makes traces the history of Cinderella, from Grimm's fairy tale to Disney's animate film, along with offering readers an all new behind the scenes glimpse into the live action film, which released on March 10th, 2015. 

One of my all time favorite Disney movies is Cinderella. This book is the perfect combination of everything I love about Cinderella. Mixing both the animated and the live action movies, fans see behind the scenes in the making of both movies, and the history. From stills, to drawings, animated sketches and more. Disney has done an amazing job at creating a timeless treasure with book, that Cinderella fans of all ages will enjoy. Definitely a must have for fans of Cinderella!


By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Mary Blair
Published by: Disney Press
Ages: 4-8
Released on: January 27th, 2015
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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 created by the contributors of 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. 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.

Elegant illustrations give this classic story a timeless feel. Many of these illustrations are also featured in another must have Disney book, A Wish Your Heart Makes (reviewed above). The illustrations in this book are signature to the old timeless Disney illustrations that were used prior to bringing an animated movie to life. This is a book we enjoyed. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~