A Cuban Cinderella

By Margarita Engle

Once, there was, and was not, a jealous stepmother

whose beautiful stepdaughter found a flying horse.

The girl escaped from her sad home by flying away on the magical horse.

Suddenly, her life became filled with magic.

When she tossed a stick, it turned into a tree.

When she threw a cup, it became an ocean.

The wicked stepmother fell into the magical ocean, and vanished.

Soon, the girl met a prince.

Together, they flew away on the magical horse.

They are still flying.

Now, the tale is over.

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