My newest children’s book:
to see it on the ny times website:
Bookshelf: Fairy and Folk Tales
A Cinderella Story From Greece
By Anthony L. Manna and Soula Mitakidou. Illustrated by Giselle Potter
40 pp. Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)
The most striking thing about this “Cinderella” is its palette of cool olive greens and Aegean blues, and — breathe easy, parents of brunettes — its dark-haired, brown-eyed heroine. The story also holds interesting departures. The fairy godmother is actually Cinderella’s mother, speaking from the grave: “Go, my child, go to good, / With all my blessings, go!” she urges. “Your sorrow weighs upon my heart, / Your pain, it wounds me so.” The tale becomes one not just of maternal absence but of eternal motherly love. The slipper remains the same.
Also the cover art is in the Society of illustrators “original art” traveling show.