Every little girl knows the story of Cinderella. It is a tale of hardship and happy endings; of romance and true love. Many of us probably even imagined that we were Cinderella and dreamed about our handsome prince finding us and living happily ever after!
This wonderful children’s book by McLoughlin tells the age-old tale in a slightly different fashion – through the eyes of a theatergoer viewing a stage production! As the reader turns the pages, theatergoers in their boxes can be seen on additional flaps on the sides of the book.
McLoughlin published at least two other stories in this format: Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood. These theater-shaped books were patented by McLoughlin in 1891 and known as the “proscenium format.”
The chromolithographs found throughout the book are amazing!
I think this book is so special because it tells two stories simultaneously: the story of Cinderella and the story of the excitement and glamour of a night at the theater!
If you’re interested in purchasing this treasure, it is currently listed on EBay. I sell under the ID Elszen.