Look Inside Teachers' Notes An easy format retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella and her trip to the ball. Newly re-illustrated with a fresh and modern look, these Beginning-to-Read books foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying classic fairy tales and folklore stories. Educators' resources include reading reinforcement activities and a word list in the back. Activities focus on foundational, language and reading skills. Sections include phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
This story, though simple, tells the complete story of Cinderella. Children who have seen the cartoon or movie will be especially interested in reading this book. The text is well supported with full color illustrations. 4/5
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, 2011
Margaret Hillert’s Cinderella at the Ball has been reprinted (along with other titles in her fairy tale retells) more than thirty-five years after their original publication. With the simple call, “Come to the ball! Come to the ball!” children will quickly connect this simplified story with traditional Cinderella stories. New activities pages have been added by literacy consultant Shannon Cannon to expand these little books. The activities are arranged to coincide with the five key reading components identified by the National Reading Panel in their 2000 report. However, because of the complexity of several of these activities, I recommend these books in their current format only for children already learning to read within the formal educational environment (not appropriate for most children under five years of age).
Originally published in 1970, this 2007 edition is perfect for beginning readers. With repetitive phrases, a controlled vocabulary of 44 words, and a well-illustrated story, the beginning reader can enjoy Hillert's simplified retelling of Cinderella. Literacy consultant Shannon Cannon has added two pages of reading reinforcement activities at the end of the story. For example, the pumpkin to coach scene reads, "Here is something big and orange. You can go to the ball in it. Here it is. It is for you. Go in, go in."
Irving Independent School District