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From Publishers Weekly

Of this retelling of the Cinderella tale, set on the Caribbean, PW said, "The lyrical cadences of the text spattered with French and Creole words combine with the sensuous paintings to bring the tropics to life." Ages 5-10.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A Caribbean Cinderella story, told from the godmother's point of view and brought to life by Pinkney's distinctive scratchboard illustrations. Based on West Indian versions of the story, the narrative is full of French Creole words and phrases. It tells of a poor washerwoman who is left a magic wand by her mother and discovers its power to help her beloved goddaughter. A fruit a pain (breadfruit) is transformed into the coach; six agoutis (a kind of rodent) become the horses; and Cinderella's slippers are bright pink with roses embroidered on them. Pinkney's art perfectly conveys the lush beauty and atmosphere of the island setting, featuring vibrant peaches, lavenders, aquas, and greens against the background of the sea. Frames of native greenery, shells, exotic blossoms, and small creatures are interwoven around most of the text, integrating it with the story's scenes to excellent effect. The result is an outstanding Cinderella variant for any collection.
Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: AD540L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689848889
  • ISBN-13: 978-2914692281
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderfully rich retelling of the traditional French Cinderella story, set in the Caribbean. As a school librarian I've shared this title with students to compare it to the traditional version. They love it! The pronunciation guide in the back is most helpful. The story is unique because it is from the point of view of the spunky godmother. Pinkney's scratchboard illustrations are perfect!
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A Kid's Review on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think Cendrillon is a great book if you like Cinderella. I think Robert D. San Souci the auther did a great job. It is very alike with Cinderella and very different.

Mannin's mother dies and gives her something very special. Cendrillon's mother died soon after. Her father maried a madame. Madame has a child. They have a party. The Madame and her daughter get invited to a ball. Cendrillon really wants to go. Mannin helps her get to the ball.

I feel that it is very ezciting. I like the pictures in the book Cendrillon because they are colorful and detailed.

By: Magen
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I quite enjoyed this Caribbean version of Cinderella. As a white parent of a Haitian child, I found this story to remind my daughter of the country in which she was born. The illustrations and the language all contribute to a new perspective on a familiar story that engages the reader completely. We quite enjoyed seeing a "familiar" fairy tale re-told with a "new" heroine. My daughter quite enjoyed seeing a Cendrillon that "looks like me."
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Beautiful story - I love the cultural take on the Cinderella story. The images and the storyline present a great perspective for children who are familiar with the culture, and for those who would otherwise have no exposure to it.
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Format: Paperback
This is a very interesting take on CINDERELLA.

What I enjoyed as much as the Caribbean take and flavor, was the the story was told from the perspective of the godmother. Here, she's not so much a fairy, and a kindly lady in Cendrillon's life, who has inherited a magic rod of wood.

I liked the way elements of the traditional tale were woven in, and I liked how the author seamlessly wove in his won take.
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A Kid's Review on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Cendrillon, by Robert D. San Souci is a great book for kids.

Cendrillon is the caribean version of cinderella.Cendrillon's mother dies and she is handed over to her god mother.The god mother has the wand of manogany,wich can change things into another.

Cendrillon is a lot like cinderella and it is a great book.I liked it a lot.The book has a lot of detail and i thout it was funny when one of the step sisters said "The slipper will fit if you cut off your toes."
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Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
The description on this book was confusing. Did not know what 'Library Binding' meant, but it turned out fine! It was the right book and cover after all. It is an old favorite of my daughter's. Book came in new condition.
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A Kid's Review on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you liked cinderella you will love cendrillon. It's Cinderella back in action, but on the island of Martinique. Read this revue.

Like all princess stories there's fairytale love. This book is about an evil step mother and a evil step sister taking over a little girls life by making her a maid. The little girl has a godmother. Her godmother has a special wand her mom gave her.The little girl's step mom won't let Cendrillon go to the ball. Will she go to the ball? Will her godmother use the wand on her? But theres one thing i forgot to tell you something the godmother can only use the wand on someone she loves. So can she use the wand? That is the question?

I thought this book was great!!!! I thought it was so cool how they put of the laugene of Martnque in the book.

The pitures were great too.

From:Weasel
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