We are so close to Christmas! Can you believe it? Are you guys all sick of me blogging, yet? Do you want me to take a day off? Soon, lovely readers, soon.
Anyway, today is day 9. As in: Nine ladies dancing!
Wahoo! I’m a terrible dancer, but I certainly have fun with it. This day definitely gave me pause for a book recommendation though. Have I ever read a book which focused on dancing? Or anything with the number 9? I wasn’t quite sure. But then, I may have stumbled onto something…
The Book: Cinderella Tales from Around the World, SurLaLune
So, obviously, Cinderella dances her heart out with the prince, which is why I chose this book for day 9. But this book is more than just a simple Cinderella goes to the ball book; this is a compilation of Cinderella-esque stories from a bunch of different cultures across the planet. Compiled by Heidi Anne Heiner of SurLaLune (her website, essentially), we get to see the classic Cinderella story play out in many ways. I was lucky enough to see Heiner speak when I went to Nashville two years ago for the Southern Festival of Books. She (as was the festival as a whole) was fantastic.
As many of you know, I love fairy tales. I love what fairy tales bring to the realm of storytelling, and I think this, or any book with Cinderella in it, makes a wonderful gift.
Who to Give it To: Fairy Tale lovers and kids! And any hopeless romantic you know. For anyone who loves Disney’s Cinderella, or Grimm’s Cinderella, or fairy tales in general, this is a great way to open their eyes to the way stories travel across cultures. Plus, who doesn’t want to see the kind, bullied girl win over and over and over?!