As part of my son’s 3rd grade class, I’ll be reading some books with a small group for discussions. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, is a Cinderella-like story about a young girl who loses her mother, an absentee father, and a disagreeable step-mother and sisters. We learn that shortly after Ella’s birth a fairy gave her the gift of obedience. By the time she’s 5, her mother and kitchen servant realize that this wasn’t a gift but a curse.
Within the story, there’s lots of magical creatures: elves, ogres, fairies, all who have different abilities and languages. Ella must find a way to end her curse before her Step-family take everything from her.
Cute variation of the traditional Cinderella story, where Ella has more power and control over her life and doesn’t depend on magic or a man to save her. Still plenty of young romance too.
Perfect for a 3rd – 5th grader.
Read December 2017