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Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella (2007)

by Paul Fleischman

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This is a variation of the story of Cinderella. The story is told like the traditional story of Cinderella, but there are details on each page that are taken from the versions of the story from different countries. On one page, it talks about the stepmother forcing Cinderella to weed the rice fields which is part of how the story is told in Korea. In the Indonesian story, the girl gets a sarong made of gold, in China she gets a cloak sewn from king-fisher feathers, and in Japan she gets a red kimono to wear. The way this story is written is unique because it includes parts of the fairy tale of Cinderella from several different countries in the same story. This story is told in the way the people of different countries would tell the story in their home country and it helps to show the similarities and differences in the ways that a familiar story is told in different countries. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Feb 13, 2016 |
A book that tells ten different versions of the Cinderella story at the same time. It's really brilliant. On each page, you see panels that show a different country's adaptation of the story. "And on the girl's feet appeared a pair of glass slippers... diamond anklets... sandals of gold" (from France, India, and Iraq). Really lovely. ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
This was a great story! I took me quite a while to catch on to the fact that it was pieces of different cultures versions of the story merged into one. It is very neat to be able to compare differences of this story in one book.
I would have students fill in a map, locating the different countries that were noted i this book, and then have them draw a part of the story from that country near it on the map. ( )
  MareeTos | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a clever way to interpret the ancient Cinderella story and show how it is both the same and different across many different cultures. The story is a familiar one to many people in Western cultures, but we may only know one version of it. This book helps the reader to understand how stories can be passed on through time, told and retold, and how they can change according to who is telling the story.

Curricular connections: would be perfect for a unit that compared different traditional tales across cultures, or a unit on focusing on storytelling, including the traditions of oral stories. ( )
  linnea_simon | Jan 28, 2016 |
This is another take of Cinderella. In this version the author puts all of the different versions together from around the world. The story moves from Mexico to Korea to Iraq to India to Ireland. Other countries are also represented such as Zimbabwe, Germany, Appalachia, Laos, Russia, Indonesia, China, Japan, France, the West Indies, and Poland. I love how all the stories intertwined so smoothly. ( )
  glguerra | Dec 1, 2015 |
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Once upon a time, in Mexico . . . in Ireland . . . in Zimbabwe . . . there lived a girl who worked all day in the rice fields . . . then spent the night by the hearth, sleeping among the cinders.

Her name is Ashpet, Sootface, Cendrillon . . . Cinderella. Her story has been passed down the centuries and across continents. Now Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis craft its many versions into one hymn to the rich variety and the enduring constants of our cultures.

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Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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The author draws from a variety of folk traditions to put together this version of Cinderella, including elements from Mexico, Iran, Korea, Russia, Appalachia, and more.

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