Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Girls from The Hero's Guide: Ella

Princess's Name: Ella 
Her Original Fairy Tale: "Cinderella" or "The Little Glass Slipper" first published by Charles Perrault in 1697 then by the Brothers Grimm in 1812
Other Versions: 18 different ballets or operas, 4 different plays, 19 different films 
Her Kingdom: Harmonia
Her Charming: Prince Frederic, wowed Ella at the royal ball
Characteristics: strong-willed, opinionated, outspoken, brave, determined, focused, honest, adventurous
     "The comment caught Ella off guard, and Vero's sword slashed across her cheek, drawing blood.
     'I am sorry it had to come to that, dear lady,'  Vero said. 'Would you like to surrender now?'
     'Not a chance,' Ella growled. And she kicked Vero in the gut." (p. 425)
Why Kellee Thinks Ella Makes a Strong Role Model: Ella doesn't fit into the mold of what you consider when you think of Cinderella; Ella is adventurous, not afraid of risks, going against the norm, and kicking some butt when needed. Ella is definitely the girl who is the bravest in the most common definition of the word. Ella is exactly the type of girl that we started this series to support.
Why Jen Thinks Ella Makes a Strong Role Model: I love this girl! I love that she isn't afraid to speak her mind and she isn't afraid to take charge of the situation. Of all the girls, Ella seems to be the one who really acts like one of the princes: she'll fight, she'll make decisions, she'll do whatever needs to be done. Ella is a very focused character who seems to have a lot of self esteem.

What do you love about Ella? 
What do you think makes her a representative of girl power?
To enter our giveaway of a copy of The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Chris Healy, please fill out the form. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, May 5th and announced on Monday, May 6th! 

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