Cinder Rabbit

Summary:

Zoe couldn't believe it. She was going to star in her class play, Cinder Rabbit! But then Mrs. Lopp (her teacher) had to ruin it: she will lead the cast in the bunny hop at the end. Try as she might, Zoe is a bunny that can't hop. The play is just four days away! Can she hop to it?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Young readers will enjoy this story based on a familiar fairy tale. This version is clever and the illustrations are terrific.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

"Hoppily ever after? That's funny." Our princess-crazed daughter enjoyed sharing this book (she read some, too). It didn't take too much reading for her to take on the parts of Frida (the fairy god-rabbit) and Winifred (the mean step-rabbit).

Parent Reaction

It's so nice to read an early reader that doesn't SOUND like an early reader. The author offers a great plot, plenty of rabbit humor, and a cute twist (hint: it has to do with the shoes).

Type of Book:
In this bunn-i-fied version of Cinderella, kids learn that sometimes we need a cast of friends to help us.
Educational Themes:

This is a great story for early elementary readers: plenty of vocabulary repetition, and chapters so reluctant readers can read it in portions. There is just enough context about staging a play to encourage kids to transform their own favorite story into a performance. The author does a great job transitioning the famous glass slippers into a "prop," both literally and figuratively. Perfect for talking about "lucky" rabbit's feet and the like.

Reading Level:
3.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 and Up
Age of child:
Started reading with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! You'll enjoy sharing this with your child before they are reading independently, and they will still like it when they can read it themselves.

Title Cinder Rabbit
About
Author Lynn E. Hazen
Publisher Henry Holt and Company © 2008
Illustrators Elyse Pastel
ISBN 9780805081947
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal Character, Easy Reader, Performing Arts, Fairy Tale
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