Cynthia lives happily with her father in a big city. Happily, that is, until her father falls in love and remarries. Life with Cynthia’s new stepmother and stepsisters turns out to be grueling and tiresome. Then the king announces that he will throw a grand ball for all his citizens. Cynthia longs to go, but it doesn’t even occur to her stepmother, her stepsisters, or even to herself that she could. Cynthia starts to feel sorry for herself — until her fairy godmother appears and shows her that she has to take control of the situation — and her life.
In Cinderella, author Michèle Marineau breathes new life into Charles Perrault’s timeless classic. Gone are the mouse, the horse and carriage, and the glass slippers, and in their place are a dog chauffeur, a flashy red car, and a modern pointy-toed shoe. Accompanied by charming illustrations by Mylène Pratt, this Cinderella-story is an empowering tale for children to embrace.
Michèle Marineau is a two-time Governor General’s Award winner. Born in Montreal in 1955, she is married to writer François Gravel, and she has two children. Marineau studied medicine, art history, and translation at the University of Montreal before she became a writer. After she began writing, she started translating the works of other authors. Her first novel, Cassiopée : L’été polonais, was published in 1988 by Québec Amérique. Michèle Marineau is also the author of The Road to Chlifa. Her books have been translated and published in Canada, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain.
Mylène Pratt was born in Montreal, Quebec. She began her career as an illustrator in 1993, and, to date, has published fourteen books. Pratt recently decided to stretch her talents into the world of fashion and now designs her own brand of handbags.
Praise for The Road to Chlifa:
“A tour de force.”
— The Globe and Mail
“A powerful, thought-provoking story.”