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Book Title: The Starlight Cloak|
ISBN 13: 9780803715080
The author of the book: Jenny Nimmo
Edition: Dial Books
Date of issue: May 3rd 1993
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One words on why I enjoyed this version of Cinderella: story. This story, while being familiar, is entirely its own. And it was wonderful to have that.
First off, Oona, our Cinderella, grows up with a foster mother, Brigid, so she has a happy childhood. It isn't until her father recalls her to court that things go downhill for her. BUT, then she gets dad to bring her foster mother (and her son) to court, so it gets a wee bit better! And, foster mother's son Cormac, basically operates as a little brother determined to see his big sis happy. And that's cute. Mother Brigid turns out to have a bit of magic about her.
Oh, and that the prince only sees Oona as she rides by the church because her sisters won't let her go. (Because why would they be nice to her, right? She's only their baby sister.) Or that, when he finally snags one of her shoes as she rides away, he spends a year searching for her, angering the king because said prince is betrothed to the eldest sister, Sorcha. (Sidenote: Can we get an amen that at least once in a while the sisters/stepsisters get names?)
When her sisters stuff her into a chest, it is Cormac who leads the prince to her. While middle sister Deirdra comes around, scorned Sorcha is having none of this happily ever after. After the wedding, a few years pass and the prince has to go to war and Oona hears nothing of him. Sorcha asks to come visit and, against Cormac's judgment, Oona agrees. Only Cormac sees Sorcha shove Oona into the sea from a cliff and it is Cormac who tells all to the prince. Granted the prince does realize Sorcha isn't Oona (three years of mumbling about in a cloak does make it easy to impersonate one's sister to the castle staff, after all). The titular cloak comes into play when Brigid gives it to Cormac to find the prince and save Oona.
Which they do, but here's the thing, while this is in very many ways a Cinderella story, it goes outside and beyond it. The central figure shifts around, there's other events, time passing. It's just a really enjoyable story. More and more I'm beginning to believe that if I find a fairy or folk tale and something on it says "Irish in origin," I know I'm in for a good tale.
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Read information about the authorJenny Nimmo was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England and educated at boarding schools in Kent and Surrey from the age of six until the age of sixteen, when she ran away from school to become a drama student/assistant stage manager with Theater South East. She graduated and acted in repertory theater in various towns and cities: Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Hastings, and Bexhill.
She left Britain to teach English to three Italian boys in Almafi, Italy. On her return, she joined the BBC, first as a picture researcher, then as an assistant floor manager, studio manager (news) then finally a director/adaptor with Jackanory (a BBC storytelling program for children). She left BBC to marry a Welsh artist David Wynn Millward and went to live in Wales in her husband's family home. They live in a very old converted watermill, and the river is constantly threatening to break in, as it has done several times in the past, most dramatically on her youngest child's first birthday. During the summer they run a residential school of art, and she has to move her office, put down tools (type-writer and pencil, and don an apron and cook! They have three grown-up children, Myfawny, Ianto, and Gwenwyfar.
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