Cinderella

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This picture storybook tells the classic tale of Cinderella, complete with Fairy Godmother and glass slippers.  There are also a few new and fun details included, such as the stepsisters having feet too sore to dance at the ball.  The book includes gorgeous acrylic illustrations by Nicoletta Ceccoli.

The intended audience for Cinderella is children in kindergarten through third grade, even though it is likely that readers of all ages will enjoy the story.

Cinderella is included in my traditional literature list because this book retells a classic story with enough quirks to keep readers engaged.  Younger children love fairy tales, and this book makes a great addition to any classroom library.  Additionally, Cinderella is one of the most famous literary and pop culture orphans of all time!  This would be an excellent book to read aloud to the entire class or a small group of students.  Before reading the book, I would ask students to help me make a list of the details they expect to hear in the story. As we read or after we finish, we would check off the ones we heard and add the new or forgotten details to the list.

Thomson, S.  (2012).  Cinderella.  Las Vegas: Two Lions.

Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte’s famous story of a governess who falls in love with her mysterious employer.  Jane Eyre overcomes her difficult childhood that included a hateful aunt and a terrible boarding school to educate herself and find work.  After beginning work as a governess for Mr. Rochester’s ward, she discovers the secrets he is keeping and learns more about the inner strength she possesses.

This chapter book is appropriate for high school reading levels.  Jane Eyre is another famous literary orphan from one of the most well-known novels of the era.  While it may be challenging for students to read, I would encourage a good amount of discussion as a whole group and in small groups to ensure that every student understands what is happening.  There are numerous film and television adaptations of Jane Eyre, so it could be beneficial to show selected scenes to help students visualize the Gothic setting and get a good sense of the mood of the story.

Bronte, C.  (2009).  Jane Eyre.  Radford: Wilder Publications.

*There are literally too many editions of this book to list.  This reference is only one of the editions available for purchase.