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Cinderella, curses, fairy tales,
gifts, Medieval times, obedience,
When Ella of Frell was born, she
was given an unfortunate gift of
obedience. She must obey any order
given her. Ella has a tough time
with the princes, giants,
stepsisters, and fairy godmothers
while her father is gone on a trip.
She is determined to break this
curse that is ruining her life. When
she denies her love for the prince,
Charmant, everything changes.
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- Author and Book
- Gail Carson Levine (1948- )
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- Book Connection. Read Catherine, Called Birdy
and Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman. Compare the
main characters. Also compare the time periods.
- Read other "Cinderella" stories. Check out the
World article for ideas. Try the Cinderella
- Quote Connection. In the book, Ella says "If
someone told me to hop on one foot for a day and a half,
I'd have to do it. And hopping on one foot wasn't the
worst order I could be given. If you commanded me to cut
off my own head, I'd have to do it. I was in danger at
every moment." Use this quote as the basis for
discussions regarding "mindless" obedience and peer
pressure. Has anyone ever told you to "go jump in a
lake?" Did you think they meant for you to really do it?
Why or why not? Find other examples in our language.
- Theme Connection. Ask students to write a
short story about a child being given a different "gift"
at birth and the problems it causes.
- Fairy Tale Connection. Read The Stinky Cheese
Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of
the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith. Create
your own silly children's fairy tale book.
- Cool Classroom
- Variations. Many people write variations of
the same story. How is this story like and different from
Rumplestiltskin? Read others.
- Cinderella Stories. Many people have written
Cinderella Stories. Read some and compare the themes.
Create a concept map or chart that shows how the themes
- Fairy Tales. Trace the history of a fairy
tale. Write a fairy tale with the same story, but with
different characters. Read folk and fairy tales from
around the world and learn more about the country in the
story. Identify at least three things that reflect the
culture of that country.
- Medieval Life. Many fairy tales are set in
medieval times. Learn more about this time period and
write a fairy tale set in this time period.
- Alliteration. Ella Enchanted is an example of
alliteration. A rock band has a fun alliteration site to
explore. Create an alliteration alphabet for yourself.
Or, use the "S" couples to create a short story.
Classroom Connections and
- I think they should make Ella
Enchanted into like a 4 hour movie. And I think Gail
Carson Levine should write other fairytales with a twist
you know like Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping
Beauty, Beauty in the Beast and more. But if she does,
she shouldn't make them too short, she should make them
like 300 pages long. -Thanks for listening,
- Ella Enchanted was an exciting
and thrilling novel of Ella of Frell, a cursed girl at
birth that has to obey every single command that she
receives. Similar, but more hooking than the old fairy
tell of Cinderella. Here, she thrives in adventures of
ogres, gnomes, elves, her wicked family, and Lucinda, the
wench of a fairy who laid the curse of obedience on her
in the first place. Overcoming all the hard tasks at last
except one. Breaking and lifting her curse once and for
all. Failing in any way, she finally finds the blessing
in the simple key of true love. I hope you will enjoy the
book as much as I did. Regretting to the introduction
from my friend to this book. But after I lay my eyes on
the fascinating story, it became my all time favorite of
adventure, comedy, and love. -- Eda S. Chen, Lover of
- Ella Enchanted should be made
into a movie, I would enjoy it ever so much more. I'm in
love with this book and refuse to put it dwon until I can
find another book of
- Levine's. I have now read it a
total of 5 times in four days. Mind you, that I'm not a
fast reader, I just couldn't put it down. 7th grader @
Stephenville Junior High of Texas
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Lamb, 10/99. Updated
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