Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (Princess Tales)

by Gail Carson Levine

Other authorsMark Elliott (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2000

Status

Available

Local notes

Fic Lev

Barcode

327

Collection

Genres

Publication

HarperCollins (2000), Edition: 1st, 112 pages

Description

In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, a lonely young farm lad uses his unusual inventive ability to pass a nearly impossible test and win the hand of the neighboring princess.

Awards

Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Children's Fiction — 2002)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

112 p.; 4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member temorrison
I love this book! It very similar to Cinderella, but it is a boy instead of a girl. This is about a young boy who is trying to fit in with his older brothers, but the tease him and do not include him in anything they do. Princess Marigold is also a key character in the story. Her father always
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leaves her to go on trips and she wishes that she had a real friend instead of her cat. One day her father put her on a glass hill so that her suitors must work to get to her. After a few mishaps and interesting things, Cindrellis and Marigold are united and live happy together forever.
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LibraryThing member cmbohn
Just read this one again. I'm glad Ellis got what he wanted in the end! With brothers like that, he deserved a happy ending.
LibraryThing member nmhale
Another entry in Levine's Princess Tales series, which are actually a collection of novellas that retell various fairy tales, some well known, others more obscure. Don't let the title fool you - Cinderellis focuses on a lesser known tale about knights trying to scale a glass mountain to win the
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hand of a princess. The only similarity this story bears to Cinderella is that the main character (a boy) gets covered in cinders and is thus nicknamed 'cinderellis'; and that he has two brothers (not stepbrothers) who don't include him in their friendship.

I was not in the least disappointed by this, though, because I really enjoy reading retellings of the lesser know stories. While I do love my Cinderella variations, there are just so many of them out there! Plus, I think I read the original of the glass hill tale in one of Andrew Lang's collections. It's hard to say - there are so many variations and similar fairy tales - but I at least read one with a glass hill and knights.

What makes Levine's Princess Tale series so lovable is the humanity and humor she brings to the old stories. Instead of archetypes, we get real people, with strengths and flaws (especially for the main characters), and lots of laughs. Cinderellis is an inventor, mainly of special powders, and desperately lonely. His brothers have never included him in their brotherly games (or farming, as the case may be). Princess Marigold is lonely, too, with a father always off on his quests, and children too intimidated by her royalty. And yes, she has a name! The obtuse nature of Cinderellis's brothers is funny, and the king's misadventures are a running joke, and miscommunications abound. Cinderellis is a light hearted story, sweet and quick, and an interesting resurrection of an odd fairy tale.
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LibraryThing member loeb001
This book puts a twist on the original Cinderella. Instead of Cinderella being a girl there is now a boy who plays the part and his name is Cinderellis and he has two awfully mean brothers rather than sisters (originally he was Ellis, but when cinders fall out of the chimney onto him and his
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brothers see him one says, "you have cinders on your head Ellis" and his name becomes Cinderellis). Additionally, there is no fairy godmother for Cinderellis; however he himself is capable of practicing magic. Also, the story includes a girl named Marigold who is Cinderellis' princess charming.
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LibraryThing member CeridwynR
For younger readers. This has a nice fairy tale quality but the gender shift in making 'Ellis' a boy doesn't come with enough depth for me. The brothers were genuinely awful though.I'm also dismayed that a book for under 10s has a 15 year old hero and heroine who get married. What is this craze for
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pubescent nuptials and why? I'm beginning to fear a conspiracy by the promise keepers...
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LibraryThing member CeridwynR
For younger readers. This has a nice fairy tale quality but the gender shift in making 'Ellis' a boy doesn't come with enough depth for me. The brothers were genuinely awful though.I'm also dismayed that a book for under 10s has a 15 year old hero and heroine who get married. What is this craze for
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pubescent nuptials and why? I'm beginning to fear a conspiracy by the promise keepers...
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LibraryThing member ameliagilbertson
A very cute and unique tale on the classic Cinderella story. Written by the author of Ella Enchanted, Cinderellis tells the story of a young boy who lives with two ungrateful brothers on their family farm. When Cinderellis discovers three magical horses, his destiny is changed forever.
LibraryThing member katieloucks
I loved this retelling!
LibraryThing member MillieHennessy
This was a super cute gender swap loosely based on Cinderella plus any fairytale where a guy has to do some impossible task to gain the hand of the princess. Both Ellis and princess Marigold were lonely and seeking companionship from their family, which was sad, but gave them good motivation for a
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short story.
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Pages

112

Rating

½ (132 ratings; 3.5)
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