In this inventive take on the traditional Cinderella tale, Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl with a big dream. Someday, she believes, she will marry a prince. When the town mayor announces he is throwing a grand ball, Fanny is convinced her time has come. She puts on her best calico dress and goes out to the garden so that she'll be ready when her fairy godmother arrives. As the seconds tick by, Fanny waits and waits. Finally, she hears a voice. It isn't her fairy godmother-but it is someone who will change her life forever.
Illustrated by Mark Buehner.
PW called this tale about a strapping Wyoming farm gal whose fairy godmother arrives too late an "amusing tweaking of the Cinderella story. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.