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

by Paul Fleischman, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)

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Title:Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella
Authors:Paul Fleischman
Other authors:Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:fiction, folklore, gr. k-3, fantasy, fairy tale, cinderella, multicultural

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



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A retelling of the classic Cinderella story that has been told over the centuries and across countries. Students will enjoy reading this story with the retelling being told from multiple countries.
  BuoyR | Jul 26, 2016 |
Some people will probably despise this because it would seem so jumbled. I however liked the ways so many different versions of the tale were woven together. Personally, I'm not particularly fond of Cinderella, compared to certain other folk-tales, but this is one of the most universal stories - reminding us that despite cultural differences, people are people all over (as the saying goes). ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal is a new twist on a timeless classic. This story of Cinderella is set all over the world and depicts many cultures and styles. I absolutely love Cinderella and I really love exploring the world so this book is one of my favorites. ( )
  Smorri23 | May 9, 2016 |
I think this book would be great for students in 4th or 5th grade. While most of the students will already know the story of Cinderella, this version will provide a different culture background for the story. Kids in the 4th or 5th grade would be able to have a better understanding of this version compared to students in the lower grade levels. ( )
  vross316 | Mar 30, 2016 |
I love the intention, the idea behind Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: to blend the thousands of Cinderella tales into one multicultural version. Sadly, however, it fails in its delivery. The story is disjointed, and if I were a little kid reading or hearing Cinderella for the first time, I would be downright confused by Fleischman's telling. I'm an adult familiar with Cinderella and I had to re-read pages.

For example, on the page where Cinderella receives gifts to wear to the ball, the glass slippers appear on her feet, then anklets, then gold sandals. Um, how is Cinderella wearing two pairs of shoes at the same time? I understand the author wanted to show that in France's version it was the slippers and in Iraq it was sandals, but c'mon; kids are smart, they'll ask why too.

Thankfully the art fills up every page and features many lovely elements of each country's culture and folklore. I loved the diversity and bright colors. Also, Cinderella has black hair throughout the book, which was a fun change.

Recommended to an audience familiar with at least one version of a Cinderella tale. Only then is it possible to grasp this book's attempt to blend many cultures into one story.

3 stars
(two for the art; one for the book's idea) ( )
  flying_monkeys | Mar 24, 2016 |
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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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