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The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story

by Judy Sierra

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I found this book was great way to see differences in how other cultures tell stories. I loved the authors use of pictures and the simple twist of the story still made it easy to follow and enjoyable to read. ( )
  nicholew | Apr 11, 2014 |
This is a story that had a twist on the story of Cinderella. The story takes place in Indonesia instead of France. The Character is slightly different as well. It is very fun to read all different versions of the story. This is a good read for 2nd graders to 3rd graders. ( )
  ChengYenLee | Dec 11, 2013 |
This book is a version of Cinderella with a crocodile as the fairy godmother instead. I would use this because it is a multicultural Cinderella story for grades 3-5.
  kaylakegan | Dec 10, 2013 |
This is the Indonesia version of Cinderella. Here a young girl is a servant to her step mother and sister, and is not allowed to go to the ball. When washing in the river, a crocodile transforms the girl's clothes into a ball gown, and she attends the ball. Here she meets her prince, and they fall in love. After they are married, Damura's step mother and sister push her into the river and she is eaten by a crocodile. Damura is saved by the Grandmother Crocodile and threaten to eat the wicked step mother and sisters if they ever return. I would use this with 2nd grade and older. It provides a fresh new look at a story that the children know, and provide knowledge about other cultures.
  rekrumrie | Dec 9, 2013 |
This story is very similar to the real Cinderella that we all know and love. But it is set in Indonesia and instead of a fairly godmother, they use a crocodile. It is recommended for children in 3rd-5th grade.
  kelsiemaxwell | Nov 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689821883, Hardcover)

In the Spice Islands, where clove and nutmeg trees grow,

a girl named Damura lived long ago.

Damura is a beautiful girl, as kind and lovely as the little green parrot that perches on the nutmeg tree. But Damura's stepmother and stepsister mistreat her. They force her to rise before dawn, carry out all the chores, and sleep on the floor. One day, while down by the river, Damura calls out to the creatures of the wild for help. Rising from the waters, an ancient crocodile answers the call. This unusual fairy godmother, aptly named Grandmother Crocodile, outfits Damura in a sarong of gold, with slippers to match, and sends her to the palace to dance for the prince. Once he sees her, the prince knows that she will be his bride.

But the fairy tale isn't quite over. Damura's wicked stepmother and stepsister are so jealous that they push Damura into the river, where she is swallowed by a crocodile. Too bad they didn't know about Grandmother Crocodile....

The Gift of the Crocodile, a tale from the Spice Islands in Indonesia, offers a colorful and dramatic twist on the universally adored Cinderella story.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:49 -0400)

In this Indonesian version of the Cinderella story, a girl named Damura escapes her cruel stepmother and stepsister and marries a handsome prince with the help of Grandmother Crocodile.

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