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Ella Enchanted

Gail Carson Levine
Honor - 1998




Cinderella, curses, fairy tales, gifts, Medieval times, obedience, princesses


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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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 Education World article for ideas. Try the Cinderella Project webquest.
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.
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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 are similar.
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.

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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, Alex
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
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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