Synopses & Reviews
Once there was a rancher who married for his second wife the orneriest woman west of the Mississippi. She was meaner than a rattlesnake, and she had two daughters who were the spitting image of her. The rancher also had a daughter, who was just as sweet and gentle as could be. Her name was Cindy Ellen.
Cindy Ellen is one of the best cowgirls for miles around, but her mean old stepmother and stepsisters make sure she does nothing but dirty work around the ranch all day long. When the biggest Cattle King for miles around sends out an invitation for a two-day rodeo celebration, it's time for a fast-talkin' Fairy Godmother to teach Cindy Ellen a little something about gumption. After Cindy Ellen lassoes first place at the rodeo and ties up the heartstrings of Joe Prince, all she has to do is gallop home before midnight. The classic tale resumes when what's left behind is one diamond spur, and one prince's determination to find the cowgirl it fits.
Cindy Ellen, one of the best cowgirls for miles around, loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story.
Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story. Color illustrations.
There's never been a wilder Cinderella story!
ONCE UPON A TIME there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two step-sisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice.
When a fast-talkin' fairy godmother teaches her about gumption, Cindy lassos first place at the rodeo and ties up the heartstrings of Joe Prince. The clock strikes midnight, a diamond spur is left in the dust, and it's up to Joe Prince to find the cowgirl it fits.
Wild West native Susan Lowell has created a magical, laugh-out-loud retelling of the classic Cinderella tale. With enchanting and hilarious illustrations by artist Jane Manning, CINDY ELLEN gallops to life, bringing this timeless story to a whole new generation of readers.
About the Author
Susan Lowell's family has lived in the American West since Gold Rush days. She is the author of several picture books for children, including The Three Little Javelinas,
a Reading Rainbow Book, and The Bookmaker and the Elves,
winner of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Her novels for older children are I Am Lavina Cumming
and The Boy with the Paper Wings.
She and her husband and their two daughters divide their time between Tucson, AZ, and a ranch near the Mexican border.
Jane Manning is the illustrator of dozens of children's books, including the I Can Read! Books Baa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks and the New York Times bestselling The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. She currently lives in Deep River, Connecticut.