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The Korean Cinderella

by Shirley Climo, Ruth Heller (Illustrator)

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I really enjoyed reading this book. I have always been drawn to fairytales and love reading stories with different perspectives. This story has a young Korean girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister. The story follows the standard Cinderella story but includes cultural perspectives and characteristics of the Korean culture. The illustrations in this story are also very detailed and add to the reader’s understanding.
  akern3 | May 18, 2015 |
I like the story,"The Korean Cinderella," by Shirley Cimo. I liked this story because of its plot. Specifically, I liked how it was another Cinderella story but from another country. This is evident in the story because Pear Blossom has a major tormentor, Omoni, and is rescued by a magistrate out of her misery. I also liked this story because of the context and how there were Korean words. For example, in the story it says, "Omoni, or Mother," and "Hai, the sun." Lastly, I liked the story's illustrations because they were engaging. I liked how Pear Blossom was drawn in detail because it allowed me to have a better idea of what she looked like and helped me understand the story more. The backgrounds were also drawn very colorful with shapes. The main idea of the story is that good things come to those who wait. Even though Pear Blossom does not live a life she enjoys as she is tormented by her stepmother and her stepsister, she is eventually rescued by the Magistrate. ( )
  NicoleGinex | May 5, 2015 |
I prefer Heller's illustrations for her children's grammar and science books, but I agree with Climo that she was a good choice for this. Although the text didn't quite ring true to my ears, the notes do explain that both author and illustrator did the research to make the story authentic to the Korean traditions. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This book by Shirley Climo is the Korean version of the popular cinderella character. I gave it 3 stars because there is so much I can do with this book. It has the same theme. A girl named Pear Blossom (Cinderella) mother dies. Her father remarries and unkind widow that has one daughter. I could use this in my classroom for compare and contrast this story with another Cinderella story. The possibilities are endless. ( )
  ramfam5 | Mar 15, 2015 |
This was a really nice spin on the tale of Cinderella which did not include a fairy godmother but magical creatures who helped Pear Blossom. Sharing this with children would be a great way to begin a conversation about multiculturalism. ( )
  mhilary | Mar 9, 2015 |
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This is a great resource to integrate multiculturalism and also talk about Cinderella the fair tale.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064433978, Paperback)

-Climo and Heller conflate several Korean variants of Cinderella to offer up the story of Pear Blossom, a lovely girl who is sorely mistreated by her nasty stepmother and stepsister.… At once comfortingly familiar and intriguingly exotic, the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words.’—Publishers Weekly. -Heller’s paintings are exotically lush and colorful as well as engaging.… An agreeable retelling of the Cinderella story.’ —BL.

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In this version of Cinderella set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife.

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