This fairy tale retelling answers the burning question—why was Cinderella so…obedient? Perhaps when she was born, a wickedly well-meaning fairy gave her the “gift” of doing what she‘s told. Nevertheless, this Ella is fierce, strong-willed, and will stop at nothing to break her curse. The world-building, the romance, and THIS HEROINE make this book an all-time favorite that remains as immersive, as enjoyable, and yes, as enchanting a read as ever!
1-14 Jun 2022 (audiobook)
A captivating retelling of the Cinderella story with a strong heroine and many quite awful support characters. I initially thought the audiobook was narrated by a child, but it is actually just a very childlike voice. Quite appropriate to the story. Trix and I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to watching the film.
I know most read this when they were children, but I missed it somehow. What a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. I enjoyed Ella, her persistence and strength.
At first the narrator was shocking (not used to a childlike voice) but as I got used to it, and it seemed very fitting.
Another childhood favorite, we watch another young woman fight her own unique battles. While this story lacks any violence or action, there is just as much battle for justice and heroism as any tale of knighta. seeing Ellas personality come into her adventures is one of my favorite parts, as she fights her own curse in unique ways. A unique retelling of a classic fairytale.
I‘ve watched the movie more times than i can count. In fact, it was a huge part of my childhood. But it was only recently that I found out it‘s an ACTUAL BOOK! 🤯
From all the modern retellings of fairytales, this author‘s twist on a classic fairytale is my favorite. The protagonist is simply wonderful. She‘s smart, tenacious and witty. You can‘t mess with this Cinderella. 🙌🏽💯
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One of my book clubs picked this for May. I haven‘t read it since I was a kid but knew I would enjoy going back to it. It‘s a delight all over again!
Book was supposed to be read for #MarchMiddleGrade readathon (YouTube) prompt-retelling (what counts is that I read it. One book less from my tbr👍). The movie adaptation is so different from the book but I enjoyed both of them. You will find some elements from the popular Cinderella story but this Ella character is more assertive and so funny in some parts. Some characters are very different like her father😠It is a cute retelling 3.4/3.5⭐️
Started the fairytale retellings prompt for #MGMarch with Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. The ending was more true to Cinderella than the movie, although I like the movie as well. I am a big fan of Anne Hathaway. #100YEARS100BOOKS #BookSpinBingo #23 #BFC21 #MGMarch
A total nostalgia read for me but it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Though not quite how my childhood self remembers this story (as I was an avid watcher of the film) I‘ve nonetheless grown to admire this tale. As always Gail Levine delivers a fairytale where at its center, a young girl learns who is there for her and what strength she has inside!
Awoke today to some sad news. One of my favorite teachers from my childhood lost her battle with cancer. She is one of the teachers I can attribute my love of reading (she introduced me to Harry Potter) and one of the few I made a point to go visit whenever I stopped in the grade school for something. So many fond memories. She will be missed. ☹
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My favorite book when I was young was the tagged and I read it over and over . I just liked Ella‘s spirit.
This book is one of my all-time favorites, one of the first books I absolutely adored. The storytelling and world-building is so rich in detail. The characters have personality and are so easy to enjoy. This whole reimagining of Cinderella is outstanding; I highly recommend this one! I‘m listening to it on my favorite audiobook version and I forgot how much I enjoy this one each time I read it. 👏🏻✨💕
Ella Enchanted is a Fantasy Fiction TL and Newbery award winner by Gail Carlson. It‘s a wonderful story about a girl who is enchanted to do whatever she is told no matter what, the journey lands her in a predicament with her true love but all in all is a happy ending. It would be great for a SR in upper elementary to middle school grades. I would utilize ESL strategy #16 and UDL strategy 2.1 linked below is a great resource for this text.
This 1997 Newberry Award Honor F novel is a must-have in every classroom library! As a child, this was the first chapter book that I picked up and could NOT put down! The reason I love this book so much is because author Gail Carson Levine takes the traditional story “Cinderella” and adds a number of mythical creatures including fairies, ogres, and giants to add a fun twist to a story that we all know so well. #LAE3414sp19
A winning combination of memorable characters and a charming setting (a medieval realm complete with centaurs, ogres, giants, gnomes, & elves) make up for the novel‘s few shortcomings. Overall a pick.
My full review on GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2741257158
I think this is a very important book for girls to read or listen to as they grow up. The expected virtue of obedience that girls especially are exemplified to possess needs to be revisited. I think this book is exceptional for teaching young minds to be themselves and to respect others but also to listen to yourself. The coming-of-age classic is a must read for young readers to learn the importance of self love.
The characters in the story have depth, personality and are as realistic as ogres, elves, and fairies can be. I think that kids can easily relate to Ella‘s troubles that she went through and the moral decisions she was faced with throughout the book. While this book is a fairytale, it‘s not the typical sugar coated story where everything is easy. Ella must work hard to get what she wants and to save the people she loves most.
As a baby, Ellen receives a visit from Lucinda, her fairy godmother. She is bestowed with a magical talent that requires her to obey anything that she is told to do. This proves to be more of a curse than a blessing, particularly when her mother dies and she is forced to live with her cruel step mother. Eventually, Ella embarks on a journey to find Lucinda and break the spell.
Well, I ended up switching to this for the #booked19 prompt of a fairytale retelling. To be honest, I just don't like to read retellings! I do remember reading this when I was in middle school. It was a good retelling of Cinderella and Ella was a good, funny main character.
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My favorite childhood read was this lovely and magical book! I believe I read it more than 10 times I need to do a reread now that I am an adult!
At the same year, I had to read Ella Enchanted for school and another medieval themed book (I don't remember the title). This is when I slowly (very slowly because this epiphany doesn't happen until I'm 13) realised that there are books I like and I've been made to read genres I was not interested in!
I liked how the story presented Ella as a strong-willed, intelligent, and hopeful young lady. Despite difficult circumstances, she does not become bitter, and despite the command to obey, she develops her own sense of self and tenaciously fights the curse throughout the book. She is not portrayed as a submissive servant but, rather, a fierce spirit who is trying to break free from her dangerous curse.