Ella Enchanted
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Ella Enchanted
ISBN: 0064407055
EAN13: 9780064407052
Language: English
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 2.3" H x 7.5" L x 5.6" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child. I stopped. So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom -- and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself. Eden Riegel provided the voice of Young Miriam in the animated feature film Prince of Egypt, and has appeared in the film Into the Woods. Her television credits include recurring roles on New York Undercover, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. On Broadway, she was one of the original cast members of Les Miserables and performed in The Will Rogers Follies. When Gail Carson Levine was Read More chevron_right

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   ... years ago when I was a teenager and absolutely loved it. I have reread it through the years ...
I've read this book many, many years ago when I was a teenager. I have reread it through the years, even as an adult, and I just bought it for our niece as a Christmas present. It is a wonderful story of a young girl who is gifted with obedience, but every present comes with a catch. It's a story of adventure and a girl trying to be herself, Hughes said. Along the way, she meets a very heroic young prince. I would recommend this book to anyone.
This book was beautifully written and completely magical, said Dr. Goin. She was strong, witty, caring, and loving, Raymond said.
   A real "strong female character"
Pauley, one of the book's co-authors, said: "This is a great book. Her strength of character, love and compassion for others made her the heroine of the story, not karate skills or other silliness. A great take on Cinderella, Frank Ragazzi said.
All of the books I've read by Levine have been a joy to read, Levine said. This story is a retelling of the Cinderella tale with a new take on how the young Ella comes to be taking orders from her stepsisters. Even when you know what is coming, the story is still fun because of the way it is told.
One of the few books made into films for which I love BOTH -- not the same story, really. My kid has re-read this many times and agrees that it holds up for tween and adult readers alike. Carson Levine, star of NBC's "Parenthood," said the show's producers were pleased with the outcome.
   One of the best!
My favorite book, Enchanted is funny, inspiring, adventurous, romantic, and the kind of book that you want to read over and over again. Adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Stephen Jackson. They are not alike, Tunick said.
   fascinating and wonderous
a beautifully executed book of fantasy, love, courage, quick wits and adventure, although the tragedies might not be appropriate for young readers, Raymond said.
   A Cinderella with personality
Unique perspective on the classic Cinderella story, with added amusing and well-thought characters, personality and adventures. One complaint is it ends too early.
   I loved this strange little novel
She's had a curse placed against her by a fairy from birth, she likes to learn strange languages and she lives in a world populated by all kinds of non-human creatures, including fairies, elves, centaurs and ogres. Once I got used to that, the book became fun to read, even if the plot didn't follow the princess's path. It becomes immediately apparent that the two are closely related, even if the latter is a parody. The earlier deal with Ella and her family problems, her friendships, and her desperate desire to be free from her curse, but I enjoyed the novel quite a lot. I've read a lot of Newbery list books. The fifth nominee for Young Adult Literature is Elizabeth Alexander, for The Newbery Honor Book. This is a good book for ages 10 and up, and I think most kids would enjoy reading it.
   Not appropriate for young readers.
The book immediately dives into a story of an emotionally abusive father and a dead mother. But worse was the creak as the coffin lid went down and the dry click when it closed, complete with lines like: "There was a time when people would say, 'Mr. Shelby. The thought of Mother packed away in a box. Please consider the impact these kinds of words can have on your child before handing her such a heavy story. I am truly disappointed with this book.