Archive for the ‘Cinderella’ Category

Faraway the Broom

January 12, 2018


Each of the children
was asked to gather
for a broom
a strand of straw.

Then the broom maker
clumped them together,
and tied them to a handle.
Voila a broom.

Pedlers with wagons
of clanging wares
bought the broom
to sell in town.

There a stepmother,
after tough bargaining,
got her a broom
that she carried home,

and forced into the hands
of a cinder girl,
a servant child
who cleaned out the ashes.

She loved her broom
and named it Faraway
because it came
from somewhere better.

One night she swept
the ashes they left
as they traipsed
to the castle ball.

The dust swirled
and turned to magic
that settled to the ground
with someone behind it!

A kind woman who
greeted the girl,
heard her story
and got an idea.

She dressed her up
and set her off
to the castle
in a coach and four.

Yes you know
that this dear girl
who lost that shoe,
married that Prince!

She took from her home
the one thing she loved,
her broom she clutched
in her now clean hands.

She swept out her room,
then the castle clean,
then the kingdom of
most wrong-doers.

And then spic and span,
as most things were,
she gathered to court
the broom maker who

brought all the children
that gathered the straw
for the celebrated broom
known as Faraway!

Picture of Cendrillon from contemporary prints.


Book Baby

April 27, 2017

Book Baby Storefront is another online store for all my books. Each of my book titles is listed separately.

Here are four covers.

Free Online Books for a Review

December 3, 2015

Dear Musea Readers,

There is a monthly giveaway on the Reader’s Favorites website that gives a free copy of my book, to anyone who will write a review. But there are also a lot of other books, in all genres, free to anyone. Book lovers, check the list, and download some free books.


The Website says:
Welcome to the Readers’ Favorite Monthly Book Giveaway! This is a completely free giveaway available to readers, authors, and anyone who loves to read! Each month our authors can provide a Kindle copy of their book to be given away. The books are listed on this page with new ones added every day. You can select as many as you are interested in, giving you the chance to win dozens or even hundreds of Kindle books each month!

My books include

Cendrillon, The True Story of Cinderella
Portraits, A Novel about Art, Artists, and The Art Revolution Library Planet, Sci-Fi Story about a Planet full of Books
Ten Short and Short-Short Plays, Book of My Plays.

and soon to follow, a young readers mystery novel called
Downtown with the Book of Renown


Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 23 year old zine Musea)

ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM)
MUSIC, 9 full CD’s of free Postism Music)
/ or
BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)
BOOK PAGE (all 4 of my books + author info. )

Cendrillon (Children’s Novel) Review by Melinda Hills

June 25, 2015

Here’s a 2nd 5 out of 5 Star review for my kid’s book, CENDRILLON. This one by Melinda Hills

My children’s novel CENDRILLON, the True Story of Cinderella, has gotten some favorite reviews – 2 with 5 of 5 stars. This is the 2nd one. Cendrillon is available on all main streamingbook sites for $1.99streamingbook sites for $1.99.


The True Story of Cinderella engages the reader with just enough differences to the traditional version to make it quite enjoyable.

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite
Beginning with the discovery of old letters in a secret compartment in an  ornate chest, Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella by Tom Hendricks  relates a new version of the beloved fairy tale. Written by Queen  Cendrillon to her son, Prince William, the letters describe the life  Cendrillon knew as the daughter of a hard working woodcutter who  remarried after the death of his wife. The stepmother, Rachel, and her  two spoiled daughters, Phillis and Marsha, resented Cendrillon and reduced her to the position of servant after the death of her father.  Unable to attend the ball because of the demands of the others,  Cendrillon wished she could have gone and up popped a fairy godmother!  Of course, the Prince was not at all interested in any of the young ladies  until Cendrillon arrived and, as they say, the rest was history. A lost  slipper, a country-wide search, and a happy ending lead to the arrival of a  new, young Prince.

Tom Hendricks uses a unique historical perspective to bring new life to the  tale of Cinderella. Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella engages the  reader with just enough differences to the traditional version to make it  quite enjoyable. Alternative explanations for events add to the interest,  and taking the story past the wedding contributes even more to the  historical flavor. Hidden within the story are lessons about love, loss and  acceptable behavior, not to mention the definition of true beauty.  Intended for children but refreshing for older readers as well, Cendrillon:

The True Story of Cinderella is a delightful version of a favorite fairy tale.

Title: Cendrillon
Subtitle: The True Story of Cinderella
Author: Tom Hendricks
Children – General
Appearance – 5:
Plot – 5
Development- 5
Formatting – 5:
Marketability – 4:
Overall – 5

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