Once upon a time,
a little girl lived in a big butter-cream house
in a small town in France….
That is how we always begin her Fairy Tale. The day she was born, everyone wanted to know what she would be called (for I had not told a soul except for her Dada, what her name was going to be).
When I said to my mother-in-law,
“Her name is Arabella”, she said,
“You mean like Cinderella ?”
I had never thought of the link before that moment, but now, it’s a bit difficult NOT to!
She has always wanted to wear certain things (she only wears pink & purple if she has anything to say about it) & if she feels like dressing up in a yellow organza gown, sparkling tiara & pink veil over her pajamas before breakfast, then she’s probably going to do it. She might even add a candy cane scepter, if the mood strikes her. Luckily, I like dressing up too & let her don (almost) whatever strikes her fancy.
Over the years, we have built a small collection of Cinderella books that inspire us over & over.
Ella Bella Ballerina & Cinderella by James Mayhew – is a wonderful retelling of the traditional story (with a ballet slant). Perfect for little ballerinas who wish they were old enough to dance in pointe shoes.
Cinderella by Vera Southgate was a thrift-shop find. It illustrates almost every scene of the classic story, including Cinderella’s days working away in the kitchen. This has inspired quite a lot of sweeping at our house.
Cinderella by K.Y. Craft – is one of the most exquisitely illustrated books we own. In fact, it led me to purchase several more books by the same illustrator. As an historic costumer, I have enjoyed reading this book dozens of times !
Although, we aren’t a “Disney” family by any means, I was pleased when our French babysitter, Gabriella, gave us her childhood version of the story. The kids really enjoy listening to her read it in french & then translate bits into English for them. Arabella has an amazing retention rate for princess words (no matter what language they are in) !
I have one book which I can’t wait to share with my little one but I think it won’t be for a while. I used to sell this book in my store & always thought, “I should get a copy for myself, I might have a little girl who would enjoy it one day”. Finally, I did get one, before I even knew I was expecting my darling girl….
Cinderella – An Art Deco Love Story retold by Lynn Roberts – is a totally grown-up romp through the roaring 20’s. I love the ugly step-sisters – decked out in dangling furs & the most divine pointy shoes. There are phonographs, chauffeurs & a jazz band – it’s all too mahhhvellous darling!
Can you see Cinderella lingering at the left & the
prince seeing her from afar ?
And they lived
Happily Ever After !
Stay tuned for more princess-related books & ideas.
June is royalty-month around here !