Cinderella – A Love Story by Gina LoBiondo
We all know the story of Cinderella, but the author Gina LoBiondo gives it a nice twist. It is a love story with several different levels – the love of a daughter for her mother, father, and her true love. While Ella is given the gift of attending the ball, it is not with the typical “fairy god-mother” but rather another that she holds dear to her heart. LoBiondo includes others in the plan to unite Ella and Prince Andrew making the story unique and engaging.
LoBiondo plays on the established stereotypical behavior of each character but puts a slight twist on it. While the stepmother is still a vile and evil woman, we see the sisters slightly different by the end of the book.
This is a very short book, but LoBiondo effectively weaves in the twists and gives her audience a different view of Ella. While this still has a happy ending, it has far more depth than most.
The illustrations by Donna Sterpe are well done and appropriate for the age group, however, this story can be enjoyed by all ages. LoBiondo gives her audience a fresh look into the Cinderella story.
Disclaimer: This book was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.