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.
This says it’s “Walt Disney’s Cinderella,” which in many ways, it is, but it has more depth than you might expect and is definitely not just a mindless character spin-off. It’s beautifully written and illustrated.
Mary Blair (1911?1978) was one of Walt Disney’s most brilliant conceptual designers, helping define the look of such classics as <i>Cinderella</i> (1950), <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> (1951), and <i>Peter Pan</i> (1953) during her 34 years with the company. She also brought her distinctive, colorful style to children’s books, advertisements, theatrical set designs, and theme park attractions.