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 t only awards and hors, 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 kw it well.
Cynthia Rylant has written more than 100 children's books, from board books and picture books, to chapter books and novels. Rylant won the Newbery Medal for her novel Missing May, and a Newbery Honor for A Fine White Dust. She's also the author of two Caldecott Honor books and more than twenty Henry and Mudge chapter books. In 2006, she became the first recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas. She has illustrated her own picture books as well, including Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven. Mary Blair (1911 1978) was one of Walt Disney's most brilliant conceptual designers, helping define the look of such classics as Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (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.