A Wish Your Heart Makes.
A Wish Your Heart Makes
125 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10023
9781484713266, $40.00, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: With its kind heroine who receives her just reward-and a dashing prince-with the help of her Fairy Godmother, "Cinderella" is one the most beloved fairy tales throughout the world. Although the most popular versions appeared in Charles Perrault's Histoires ou contes du temps pass ("Stories or Fables of Times Past") (1697) and the Grimms' "Fairy Tales" (1812), the story can be traced back to the story of Rhodopis, a Greek slave girl who marries the pharoah of Egypt, which Strabo recorded in the first century B.C.E. In the late nineteenth century, British follklorist Marian Roalfe Cox catalogued 345 variations of the story. For more than two thousand years, children and adults have read and watched as Cinderella endured cruel mistreatment without complaining-and met her prince before the stroke of midnight. "A Wish Your Heart Makes: From the Grimm Brothers' Aschenputtel to Disney's Cinderella" traces the history of the fairy tale, emphasizing its strong ties to Walt Disney and his studio.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated throughout with flawlessly reproduced images, "A Wish Your Heart Makes: From the Grimm Brothers' Aschenputtel to Disney's Cinderella" by Charles Solomon is deftly organized into three major sections: Once Upon a Time; Walt Disney's Cinderella Story; A Live-Action Fairy Tale. Featuring an exceptionally informed and informative commentary, "A Wish Your Heart Makes" is a truly extraordinary and entertaining volume that would grace any coffee-table and become an enduringly popular addition to any community library collection.