**Disclaimer – I received these books for review purposes from the Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own.
Story time is always a favorite in this Neurotic Disney home. NDK (Neurotic Disney Kid) is old enough to read, but not too old to still be read to! Books are wonderful on so many levels. We keep them everywhere – even in the car! Disney Books are a great way to keep Disney at home. Disney Book Group was kind enough to send these books for NDK approval – be sure to look for the NDK Review after the description of each book!
There is no Disney story that touches my heart more than the classic, Cinderella. With the release of the new live-action film due in theaters in just 6 short weeks, (March 13th – yes, I may have a countdown calendar for this), new books are being released. NDK and I share a love for Disney’s iconic princess, and we are so excited to review two new books that will be available TOMORROW, TUESDAY, January 27, 2015! These are books that you do not want to miss for your collection.
Cinderella and Mary Blair. Oh. My. Word. Does it get any better than that? Mary Blair is one of the most respected artists in animation history. Her timeless work has been seen in many Disney classics. The artwork in this book is breathtakingly beautiful. While this story is simple enough for a child, this book deserves a spot on a shelf for any Mary Blair fan.
From the publisher:
“This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about love.” Cinderella’s story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic created by the contributors of this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney’s incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathered together as a picture book. Cynthia Rylant’s stories about hardscrabble lives have won not only awards and honors, but hearts. Who better to take a young girl from the darkness of her garret room to the light and brilliance of a ballroom? Together these two great artists have created something quite astonishing: a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous, both for those who are coming to the tale for the very first time, and for those who think they know it well.
The NDK Review: Cinderella is not like any other Disney princess. She does have some adventure in her story, but no big evil villain to fight. The stepmother is mean and the “evil villain” in this story, but she isn’t like Maleficent or Jafar. The Prince doesn’t have to fight anyone in this story. My favorite part in the story is when the gown and all of Fairy Godmother’s magic disappeared, the glass slipper was the only magic that stayed. Sometimes Fairy Godmother magic is real and can stay forever. The pictures are pretty in this book. My mom has showed me other artwork by Mary Blair. My favorite is It’s a Small World.
This collection of Cinderella stories is perfect for neurotic Disney Cinderella fan! Read and Sing: Cinderella begins with the original Cinderella story. Readers are able to continue Cinderella’s journey with five other stories, chronically following in her adventures as she transitions from servant to princess. Included in this book is a code to download three original songs from the Cinderella soundtrack – Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, The Work Song, and A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. While the cover may portray Cinderella’s “new” look, the images in the book are original animation images. Stories included in this book are: Cinderella, Cinderella’s Royal Wedding, Cinderella and the Lost Mice, Princess in Disguise, The Lost Tiara and A New Mouse.
From the publisher:
Join Cinderella as she searches for her missing mouse friends, plans the perfect royal wedding, goes undercover to find out what the palace servants really think about her, and more in this storybook containing six stories about your favorite enchanting princess. Plus, download three songs from the movie: “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “The Work Song,” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”
The NDK Review: I like how there are six stories in this book. It’s like a whole story of Cinderella’s life. The pictures are pretty because they are just like the movie. They included three songs, which is really cool. My favorite song is “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.” My favorite story was “Princess in Disguise.” Cinderella disguises herself so she can see what the maids think of her. She really wanted to know what they think of her because the never talk to her. I really like this book. I can’t wait to read it again!