Ella Enchanted Book Review
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Ella Enchanted book review

Gail Carson Levine
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Title: Ella Enchanted

Author: Gail Carson Levine

Average number of words per page: more than 100

71 readers have rated this story.
Average story rating: 8.87/10.0
71 readers have rated the illustrations.
Average illustration rating: 6.57/10.0

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Book review by: sourpuss
age: 26

Review submitted on 05/20/2001 at 06:01:05

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Story Rating
8.4 out of a possible 10.0

sourpuss writes the following about Ella Enchanted :
I agree with Stephanie, this is a pretty good book. I also didn't put it down until I'd read to the end. Definately fantasy, if you're into suspending your disbelief for a while, you will probably enjoy this story. Set in the days of kings and queens, this is a refreshing twist on the traditional fairy tale, Cinderella. Written from Ella?s perspective, this story explores the subservient role traditionally attributed to Cinderella. Although I loved the Cinderella story as a child, as I got older I really didn?t like her because she was so complacent. This Ella is great! She?s spunky willful and bright. Our heroine is courageous and selfless - a great character for girls to identify with. The Prince?s character is more developed in this version as well. Rather than being a chauvinist, empty-headed bauble admirer like the traditional version?s Prince, Char demonstrates integrity & has a well developed personality. Relationships are given time to grow naturally, with insights from characters other than Ella cleverly facilitated through a magic fairy book. While maintaining the traditional fairy tale motif and style, this story also provides healthy examples of personal development, friendship, and love.
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