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The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo

The Korean Cinderella

by Shirley Climo, Ruth Heller (Illustrator)

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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 |
The Korean Cinderella is a typical Cinderella story with an ugly stepmother and snotty stepsister. The harsh stepmother gives Pear Blossom impossible tasks to complete, but through the help of magical creatures she is able to complete each task with ease. The stepmother grants her permission to attend a village festival once the assigned chores are complete. While making her way to the village, she encounters the prince who is enamored by her beauty. In true Cinderella fashion, Pear Blossom loses her shoe, and the prince searches the village to find the girl with one shoe. He finds Pear Blossom and pledges his intentions for marriage. The following spring, the couple are married.

Personal Reflection: I love how this story incorporates Korean words and traditions. It is fairly predictable as it follows the traditional Cinderella story line, but it is still enjoyable. This story is a great introduction to teach children about other cultures.

Extension Ideas:
1. Have children form groups and look through the book to pick out Korean words and their meanings. Discuss in group setting.
2. Watch the movie Cinderella (or read the book if time is an issue) and have children write a paper describing similarities and differences in the two stories
3. Discuss Korea and some of its customs and traditions. Show children where Korea is on a map in relation to Oklahoma ( )
  jn925584 | Jan 12, 2015 |
This is a Korean version of Cinderella. ( )
  Y-NhiVu | Nov 27, 2014 |
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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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