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Cinderella Liberator
Rebecca Solnit, illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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.

Hardcover, 8x10, 32 pages,  2019.

A reader's review: 
“Our copy of "Cinderella Liberator" arrived yesterday, and I immediately sat down with my 5.5 and 2.5 year old and read it. It is fantastic and delightful, and I highly recommend it for all ages. I didn't cringe or feel the need to change a single detail (a rare treat, especially with a fairy tale -- we've never found a version of Cinderella I wanted to read my kids before). Between Solnit's beautiful writing and experiencing the differences between this tale and the one I grew up with, I occasionally felt a shiver run up my spine. I'd start sharing favorite quotes, but I'd fill pages.”

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Rebecca Solnit
illustrated by Arthur Rackham


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