Title: Cinderella’s Secret Slipper
Author: Alinka Rutkowska
Illustrator: Konrad Checinski
Publisher: Capraro Press
“Here – all fixed! You know these slippers are one of a kind. Nobody else makes them – I made them just for you,” Cinderella is told in Alinka Rutkowska’s children’s book, Cinderella’s Secret Slipper.
Part of the Classic Fairy Tales with a Modern Twist series, this thirty-four-page paperback targets four to ten-year-old children who enjoy stories about Cinderella and her glass slippers. With no profanity or frightful scenes, it is noticeable the central character is well-endowed, epitomizing a thin-waisted woman with ample cleavage. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
Author Rutkoska has written over twenty books, receiving many awards including the International Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest. Illustrator Checinski’s designs are colorful, filling the complete pages with rudimentary artwork and sometimes hard-to-decipher facial expressions. After the tale, included are a six question quiz with answers, a short version of the original story, a request to write a book review, and a list of other books written by the author.
As a modern sequel to the story, Cinderella is married to the Prince, and they have a young son named Junior. Since Junior’s fourth birthday is soon, the Prince decides to throw a formal birthday gala and asks Cinderella to wear her glass slippers again.
When Cinderella checks her closet, she finds one of the glass slippers missing. She realizes Junior has used it to squash a mosquito, shattering the shoe to pieces. At a loss for what to do, she takes the broken item to shoe and glass stores, yet neither can repair it. Walking through the enchanted forest, she meets her fairy godmother who makes a new pair of shoes for her.
At the birthday party two weeks later, Junior is given a mosquito bat, and the Prince gives his wife another pair of beautiful slippers that his fairy godmother made.
Although some parents may question why Junior was not disciplined for taking something without permission and breaking it, the yarn is cute and innocuous. The quiz helps the child concentrate on the story. One may wonder why it is called a secret slipper when it focuses on two magical pairs made by two fairy godmothers.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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