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What age range is Ella Enchanted suitable for?My 8 year old daughter would like to read...

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted May 27, 2011 at 5:23 AM via web

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What age range is Ella Enchanted suitable for?

My 8 year old daughter would like to read the book, is it too old for her?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:35 AM (Answer #2)

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I'm not sure about the book, but the movie was rated PG-13. It's good to seek advice when you don't have the answers, but the best course of action would be to read the book yourself. Only you can really judge if it's a book that YOUR 8 year old is mature enough to read. Good luck.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 27, 2011 at 9:14 PM (Answer #3)

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I would really recommend reading the book yourself first before making any decisions. Of course, whilst the rating applied to the movie can be a useful guideline, we all know that movies are not necessarily accurate to the original spirit of the book, and often add scenes that might be more mature in order to gain a wider audience. Thus the best advice I can give you is to read it yourself. You know your daughter better than anyone else and her own level of maturity and what she can and can't cope with.

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 30, 2011 at 11:16 AM (Answer #4)

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Ella Enchanted is basically the story of Cinderella and it seems no worse in the way of violence or inappropriate material than the original fairy tale. My daughter is a voracious reader, and she first tackled it in middle school. I believe she was about 11 years old. The parent review site link I've pasted below reviews and recommends books by thinks like violence and sex content and readability. They have recommended the book as suitable for an 11 year old and above. But, as always, only you know your daughter well enough to know if she can handle not only the content but the reading level of such a book. http://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/ella-enchanted
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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM (Answer #6)

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It depends on your child's reading level. The book is at about 4.7 grade level, meaning that it is most appropriate for a fourth grader near the end of the school year. There are words and concepts that your daughter might have trouble reading on her own. However, I think she might enjoy it and be able to comprehend it better if you read it aloud to her. A tip: discuss the concept of obedience at length before starting the book.

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