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Cinderella Liberator

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fresh take on classic tale boosts being true, free self.

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This feminist tweaking of the Cinderella story manages to be richly entertaining while promoting positive values of being free to follow your own passion in life. The narration has a warm tone, with sly asides. For example, pointing out the flaw in the stepsisters' belief that "being the most beautiful would make you the happiest," the narrator notes, "They weren't happy, because they were worried that someone might have higher hair or more bows than they did. Usually someone does."

Cinderella Liberator chucks the goal of snagging a prince for a husband and stresses the importance of being your true self. The fairy godmother gives all the transformed creatures a choice after the ball to return to their old selves or stay in their new bodies, be it horse or human. The lizards decide to turn back into lizards, not wanting to lose the ability to "run up walls and lie in the sun on warm days." The fairy godmother tells Cinderella that "true magic is to help each thing become its best and most free self." And who wants to argue with a fairy godmother?

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