Cinderella Liberator reads like a classic fairy-tale and the familiar elements of Cinderella—the ball, the fairy godmother, the magical gown and glass slipper, and even the classic Arthur Rackham illustrations—are all here. But Solnit updates her fairy tale to inspire readers to be more concerned with following their own dreams than falling for a prince charming (or as Solnit titles him, Prince Nevermind), to focus on friendships over romance, and to always think about what other people and animals want instead of using them for your own ends. A compassionate, classic tale that deserves a place on the bookshelves of readers of all ages.— Kelly
"This is a reminder of hope and possibility, of kindness and compassion, and--perhaps most salient--imagination and liberty. Through the imaginations of our childhoods, can we find our true selves liberated in adulthood?"
In her debut children's book, Rebecca Solnit reimagines a classic fairytale with a fresh, feminist Cinderella and new plot twists that will inspire young readers to change the world, featuring gorgeous silhouettes from Arthur Rackham on each page.
In this modern twist on the classic story, Cinderella, who would rather just be Ella, meets her fairy godmother, goes to a ball, and makes friends with a prince. But that is where the familiar story ends. Instead of waiting to be rescued, Cinderella learns that she can save herself and those around her by being true to herself and standing up for what she believes.
Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books including Men Explain Things to Me, Call Them by Their True Names, Hope in the Dark, and The Mother of All Questions.
Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was a prominent British illustrator of many classic children's books from The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm to Sleeping Beauty. His watercolor silhouettes were featured in the original edition of Cinderella.