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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080507953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079531
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Beneath its handsome William Morris–like cover art, this inspired retelling blends many versions of Cinderella into a single, extraordinary tale. As Newbery Medalist Fleischman's (Joyful Noise) strong storytelling voice incorporates sometimes small details from different traditions, text and illustrations nimbly morph from one Cinderella story to the next, creating this brand-new version. Paschkis (Yellow Elephant) makes use of folk art and textile patterns throughout the world in the clever background paintings behind each of her vibrant panel illustrations, and she helpfully and unobtrusively labels the country from which relevant borrowings originate. Generally, each page focuses on a single country's contributions, but even when details from several countries share a spread, visual harmony prevails and characters remain recognizable despite their costume changes. When Cinderella has nothing to wear, for example, a crocodile swam up to the surface—and in its mouth was a sarong made of gold [Indonesia]... a cloak sewn of kingfisher feathers [China]... a kimono red as sunset [Japan]. Even the last line of text is patched from several sources: Such a wedding it was, and such an adoring couple [Iraq]... and such a wondrous turn of events [Korea]... that people today are still telling the story. Paschkis emphasizes the storyteller's voice by beginning and ending the narrative with illustrations of a mother reading to her daughter—a daughter who, appropriately, looks much like Cinderella herself.Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4—Capitalizing on the frequently made assertion that Cinderella is the most widely told folktale on earth, Fleischman and Paschkis have created a pan-cultural, universally pleasing interweaving of variants from 17 distinct cultures. This clever books reads nearly seamlessly and somehow manages to convey simultaneously the essential sameness of the story and the particularities of the different versions. Dressing for the royal shindig, our heroine, "…looked in her mother's sewing basket (Laos). Then she reached into the hole in the birch tree (Russia). Then a crocodile swam up to the surface—and in its mouth was a sarong made of gold (Indonesia)…a cloak sewn of kingfisher feathers (China)…a kimono red as sunset (Japan)." Paschkis's backgrounds to the text and gouache illustrations alert readers to the shifts in locale by the use of color-coding and of folk-art design motifs drawn from each culture until the final scene where costumes, dances, music, and cuisines from across the globe convene at a wedding so wondrous "that people today are still telling the story." Endings don't get any happier than in this global tour de force.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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It takes the classic Cinderella story with a bit of a spin.
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I thought this was a very interesting way to combine and tell the story by incorporating other cultural re-tellings.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fleischman, Paul. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt and Company. 2007.

This is a unique and lovely presentation of the Cinderella story that incorporates distinct elements from many different cultures into one cohesive version. The mean stepmother is first a nice widow who gives the Cinderella character various treats like "pan dulce and sugarcane. The beautiful double spread that accompanies this plot element is full of yellow folk art figures that are presented on a bright orange background and in the left corner, is the name of the culture that is represented, in this case Mexico. The daughter who is never named encourages her father to marry this nice woman but later she recalls her action and says, " I picked up the scorpion with my own hand", this insightful comment is part of the Iraqi Cinderella story. In a series of three panels, the story connects how a Russian cow gives the girl some honey, an Iranian fairy gives "her figs and apricots", and an Indian "Godfather Snake" gives her rice. The distinctive gouache illustrations blend harmoniously, often a richly colored inset stands out from a muted background that is filled with cultural symbols. The inside cover pages display landmass outlines with the locations of the countries that are represented, and an author's note not only mentions that the first Cinderella story likely appeared in "ninth-century China but also acknowledges his use of Judy Sierra's book, Cinderella (Oryx Press, 1992)." All libraries will want a copy of this innovative version of a universal tale. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
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My 8 year old daughter loves this new multicultural take on an old story. It tells the story of Cinderella from cultures around the world. Amazing illustrations as well.
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By Mary K. Smith on April 28, 2014
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THIS IS A BOOK THAT COVERS MANY COUNTRIES. NOT JUST THE AMERICAN VERSION OF CINDERELLA. KOREA, IRAQ AND MORE. THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE LOVELY.
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By Kat Meredith on October 2, 2013
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What a great version! So many versions blended into one story! This is the favorite of my immigrant students because many of their countries are represented in one book.
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I didn't know Cinderella was so old, she's been around since the 9th century and in that time she's traveled around the world. I love the way this book takes parts of Cinderella's story from different countries and strings them all together so that the reader gets an idea of all the different ways the story is told around the world.

The illustrations are beautiful, gorgeous really. Each illustration is done using imagery and in the style of the culture where that part of the story is taken from. What a wonderful way to introduce diversity to young children. There are references to food and clothing, animals and musical instruments. This book could be a spring board for exploration into other cultures and conversations about similarities and difference.
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I love this multicultural version of the traditional lit. Cinderella story. A great way to teach kids that Disney isn't the true version ;)
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By Leah on October 10, 2011
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Both my 4 year year old son and myself loved this book! It takes the classic Cinderella story with a bit of a spin. It follows the basic, "dad marries the stepmother with two daughters and Cinderella's life becomes miserable until the end" but how it actually tells the story is what makes it unique. The artwork is bright and colorful. The background art does change as the focused upon country changes but it does so in a colorful way and has the country listed. It also does this with the food that Cinderella is deciding to eat, the animals she is caring for, or even the fashion she desires. That is unique in that you get to see a small sort of style portrayed through that part of the page. This book shows a part of Cinderella all over the world, not just here in the US, so it's unique to show a child that looks might change or food might change but in the end, we all want our happily ever after.
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I thought this was a very interesting way to combine and tell the story by incorporating other cultural re-tellings. I especially loved the illustrations. :)
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