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Scissorella The Paper Princess

Written by Clare Helen Welsh

Illustrated by Laura Barrett

Early Years Key Stage 1 Art and Design Family / Home Stories Traditional Tales

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A fresh retelling of Cinderella with gorgeous silhouette artwork and delicate paper cut peep-through pages

The magic of the Cinderella story is timeless, but this version is particularly captivating. Lotte works in a mill all day making and drying paper, while her horrible sisters lie around, issuing orders. Her only friends are the paper puppets she snips by the light of the moon. When the invitation arrives to the palace ball, not only do her sisters leave Lotte behind, but they destroy her puppets too. It’s then that Lotte realises that if she wants her happy ending, she’s going to have to make it herself and starts snipping a dress. It all plays out the way it always does – hoorah – Lotte’s skill with her scissors entrancing the prince. Laura Barrett makes wonderful use of silhouettes in her illustrations and there’s a magical gatefold too with peep through cut-out windows. An author’s note explains that the book is inspired by the life and work of Charlotte ‘Lotte’ Reiniger, one of the world’s first film animators, and her fascination with silhouette puppetry and it’s a perfect tribute to Reiniger both in style and in its determined, creative central character.

Andrea Reece

Scissorella The Paper Princess Synopsis

Cinderella meets paper-cutting, with a strong feminist twist, based on the life and work of German film director Lotte Reiniger.

Lotte doesn't believe in happy endings. She lives with her horrible, bossy sisters and her only friends are the exquisite cut-out paper puppets she makes by the light of the moon. But when an invitation to the Palace Spring Ball arrives on their doorstep, Lotte sees her chance to change her life for ever...

Cinderella with a difference where forceful individuality and talent create happy endings not fairy tale magic.

Scissorella The Paper Princess Press Reviews

A fresh, feminist re-telling - The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783448944
Publication date: 4th November 2021
Author: Clare Helen Welsh
Illustrator: Laura Barrett
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1
Topics: Art, Family / Home Stories, Traditional Tales

About Clare Helen Welsh

Clare Helen Welsh (Author) Clare Helen Welsh is a primary school teacher and picture book writer extraordinarie! When she isn't writing stories she is inspiring children to write their own. In 2013, Clare won The Margaret Carey Scholarship for Picture Book Writers and she received a Silver Medal at The Greenhouse Funny Prize 2014. Clare lives in Devon with her husband and two children.Laura Barrett (Illustrator) Laura Barrett is an illustrator inspired by the darker side of folk and fairy tales, and enjoys working in the medium of traditional Scherenschnitte (paper cutting). Since graduating from University of the Arts London and ...

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