A Plea From the Ugly Stepsister

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A Plea From the Ugly Stepsister

Dear Santa,

    I know I'm supposed to write you and tell you all about how I've been a good little girl all year. Well, I'm going to skip that part. We both know I've been spending the year eating lots of chocolate pudding and being mean to my sister Cinderella. So I won't even pretend I've been good.

    But that's what I wanted to write you about. You see, I really think you need to look at what it's like for us "bad" children. I think having the word "Ugly" in their name is enough to make anyone act crazy. You need to read a couple of stories from our point of view. Don't believe me? Okay, have you ever read:

Three Pigs
The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszca: It tells the story from the wolf's side of things. And it is a much more interesting story when those pigs aren't whining about their houses.
 It isn't easy being the bad guy, especially when you're having trouble learning how to be one. In The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy, one little girl learns how tough it actually is to be a witch.  The Worst Witch Saves the Day
 Magic Circle cover  Or how about The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli? It tells the story from the witch's point of view in Hansel and Gretel.
 Magical assistants have it tough, too. In the The Widow's Broom by Van Allsburg, one broom is misunderstood.
 The Widow's Broom
 Dealing with Dragons  

Dragons are another creature that's seriously misunderstood. Cimonrene in Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede understands that. In fact, she purposely gets herself captured by dragons.

   After you've had a chance to look at some of these stories, maybe you'll have a different view on the whole good and bad business. If so, please bring me some shoes that actually fit. Or maybe a prince if you have any lying around. 

                                Sincerest Wishes,

                                The Ugly Stepsister