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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Cinderella ( Kvéta Pacovská)
by Charles Perrault (1628-1703)
Age Range: 9-11
This `rags-to-riches’ story is one of the most well-known and best-loved fairy tales by Charles Perrault but is probably the most unusual illustrated version of Cinderella that you are likely to come across. It really is truly unique!
Award-winning Czech artist Kvĕta Pacovská’s style of using bold, saturated colours of red, green, white and black in a composition of geometric and abstract shapes is unusual. It really is a kaleidoscope of rich colour combinations on every page together with collage and silver foil print. The use of red is predominant and on some pages there is an integration of illustrations on top of text.
Pacovská’s intention is never to illustrate the exact text of a classic story, but to find a new artistic level that shows them in a different way, putting her own unique interpretation of the tale into visual terms.
This edition of Cinderella has been translated from German by Anthea Bell having been originally translated from the classic French tale by Perrault.
Although this book will not appeals to everyone and may not be an obvious gift choice of this classic tale or found in many libraries, it will be very popular with collectors of fine art and fans of Pacovska’s work. It is definitely a book to take notice of as it can be used by art teachers in secondary schools, colleges and universities.