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The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece

by Anthony Manna

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This is much like the Cinderella story that we all know with a few twists. The authors of the story wanted to give her the option to take it upon herself to seek her destiny instead of living in misery like that of some of the other Cinderella stories. This Cinderella is self-motivated and finds her happiness inspired by the Sun, the Moon,the Dawn give her brilliance, beauty, and gracefulness. The Morning Star, Evening Star, the Meadows and the Sea give her the clothing to catch her man. ( )
  nickycook7 | Jul 13, 2015 |
The Orphan is a story that is similar to the one we all know, Cinderella. She has a evil step mother that does everything she can to hurt the orphan. But she does have nature in her favor and the spirit of her mother. the prince comes to the village and becomes very fond of the orphan and will do anything to find her. Another great book and i though it was very different and had great artwork.
  mackenzie27 | Jun 7, 2015 |
In my opinion, this is a great twist on a classic book. Orphan is closely related to the fairytale Cinderella, and I think because of this it has many of the same positive traits. First, the characters are believable, and certainly well-deveoped. The characters are developed with such realistic traits, that I found it impossible not to like this book.

Second, I also liked the plot. It brings the reader just the right amount of suspension and tension that they want to keep flipping the pages. The plot keeps a steady pace, and brings the conflict the orphan experiences not too soon, yet not too late.

The last couple of reasons I found this an enjoyable read was because the illustrations matched the written text, they kind of had a dull appearance, which gave it a mythological feel. The book pushes readers to think about tough issues and broadens perspectives, and this is the main message of this book. It is telling the reader that sometimes households hold different kind of families, it is telling them that people don't always get treated as nicely as they should, yet it should never stop you from pursuing your goal, which is exactly what The Orphan did. ( )
  Skaide1 | Dec 7, 2014 |
This magical retelling of the beloved folktale of Cinderella is captured through the watercolor paintings throughout the story. This version of Cinderella uses nature to guide the orphan. I think that children will enjoy this book just as much as I did. ( )
  kwolinski | Nov 30, 2014 |
Genre: Fairy Tales
Audience: Pre K - 2
This is a Cinderella story that is based in Greece. I tried to look for examples of Greece but found few. It is very similar to the original Cinderella story with the magic slipper, but there are some differences such as her mother plays the part of the fairy godmother, Nature gives her magic clothes and there is a time limit that she needs to adhere to. The celebration also takes place in a church rather than a palace. ( )
  ShantiR | Feb 25, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375866914, Hardcover)

Once upon a time in Greece, fate left a young girl an orphan. Her stepmother was so hateful that she counted every drop of water the orphan drank! But with the help of Nature's blessings, the orphan was showered with gifts: brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn—and even a tiny pair of blue shoes from the Sea. When the prince comes to visit their village, he only has eyes for the mysterious beauty. Children will love this fanciful folk retelling of the Cinderella story, accompanied by luminous watercolor illustrations by Giselle Potter.

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In this variation on the Cinderella story set in Greece, a girl mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters manages to captivate the prince, with help from Mother Nature and her children.

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