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The Write-Time, Day 3: A Cinderella Story


Heather’s Prompt:  You are a children’s book writer/illustrator who has been asked to come up with a new idea for a picture book. Do some quick research! Gather some material from the net which you will be able to utilize. Perhaps create a picture board of ideas! Write a brief outline (50 words) of your concept. Source a visual. It might be your own or something found on the net. Create one page for this book. Max 250 words.

(I couldn’t get it down to 250–  it’s about 400– ljg)


Princess small

Concept Idea:  To create an illustrated book for young girls of revised classic fairy tales that reinforces positive role models of female heroes.

Sample Story:


Once upon a time, there was a young woman named Cinderella who was just as pretty on the inside as she was on the outside because she was kind and forgiving toward everyone.

She lived with her step-mother and step-sisters who said all kinds of mean things to her.  They made her wear old and worn-out clothes because they spent all the family’s money on nice things for themselves.

One day the King and Queen of the land planned a big party for their son the Prince.  They invited all the young people in the land including the step-sisters, but they did not invite Cinderella.  The step-sisters teased Cinderella about not being invited and made her feel very sad.

On the day of the big party, Cinderella’s Godmother, a very kind woman, came to visit.  She saw Cinderella’s sadness.  She smiled and waved her hand and told Cinderella to look out the window.  Cinderella did and saw a fancy carriage and team of horses.  The Godmother told her to turn around.  She did and saw the most beautiful dress she had ever seen and a pair of glass slippers.

The Godmother told her to get dressed and go to the party, but she warned Cinderella that she would have to leave the party before the last stroke of the clock at midnight or she would turn back into her old self.

Cinderella went to the party and immediately the Prince fell in love with her.  They danced and danced until Cinderella heard the clock strike midnight.  She started to run away but then stopped.

“The Prince will have to love me just the way I am, not because of some pretty dress.  If he doesn’t, it is his loss, not mine.”

She went back to the Prince.  At the last strike, her beautiful dress disappeared and she was in her old worn out clothes.

But the Prince was still smiling at her.  She asked, “Sir, don’t you miss my beautiful gown and hate these old clothes?”

“What gown?  You are dressed the same as when you came in.”

You see, Cinderella’s Godmother did not really give her a new gown and glass slippers, or a carriage and horses.  She only made Cinderella think she had.  Instead the Godmother gave her courage to be herself.  Cinderella realized that the Prince had really fallen in love with her true self and not the one in the fancy dress and fancy carriage.

And Cinderella and the Prince lived happily ever after.


Manipulated vintage photo… and a manipulated vintage story.

ljg (c) 2013


8 thoughts on “The Write-Time, Day 3: A Cinderella Story

  1. Reblogged this on cftc10.

  2. Whew, Lori—that was fast and good–well done!

  3. Wow! Catch my breath! A fabulous concept and response.

  4. Cool, Lori. I like to play with fairy tales, and I like reading “updated” ones.

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