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The Gospel Cinderella Hardcover – May 11, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060253878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060253875
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Numerous "Cinderella" variants abound, including John L. Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (HarperCollins, 1987), and Robert San Souci's Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella (S & S, 1998), but none so distinctly African American as in this version, which draws on the gospel music tradition. Set in a southern swamp, it has the usual elements of a poor, persecuted young girl and mean stepmother and stepsisters. But instead of a prince looking for his princess, a mother, Queen Rhythm, looks for a Daughter of Rhythm to take her place in the Great Gospel Choir. A convention is held to find that one special voice. The prince here is the choir's piano-playing Prince of Music. Cinderella, of course, turns out to be the long-lost daughter of Queen Rhythm. She is finally located through a house-to-house search, and takes her rightful place in the choir beside her mother, accompanied by the prince on the piano. Diaz's double-page acrylics fill the spreads with humorous, bold, and colorful images. A delightful universal tale with an added musical twist.
Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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PreS-Gr. 2. The familiar tale is transformed once more, this time given a swamp location and a gospel sensibility. Queen Mother Rhythm has a beautiful baby daughter, but a hurricane sweeps the baby downstream in a basket. The baby is taken in by Cruel Crooked Foster Mother, who, along with her two daughters, makes Cinderella's life miserable. Thomas adds some unusual reshaping to the familiar pattern. Instead of a ball, there's the Great Gospel Convention; instead of a prince looking for a mysterious girl, it's Queen Mother Rhythm trying to find the amazing singer who was auditioning as her successor; and instead of a shoe that fits, it's a song. For a story centered on the exuberance of gospel music, the text is oddly lacking in energy. Still, there's certain freshness in having the women in the forefront (the prince is a minor character), though the appellation "Crooked Foster Mother" seems a shame. Diaz's art is more representational than some of his previous work. Richly colored, with paint applied so thickly it looks like velvet, the pictures infuse humor into the story and give it a lift. Ilene Cooper
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on January 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Gospel Cinderella is a legend that in many ways resembles the classic fairy tale Cinderella.

Queen Mother Rhythm leader of the great gospel choir has a daughter. She is singing the baby to sleep by the river and a hurricane comes up and sends the baby down the river. The mother searches everywhere but can find the baby. The baby is found by Crooked Foster Mother who has 2 kids of her own. She takes the baby in and names her Cinderella because she so dirty. As Cinderella grows she is made to do all the cooking and cleaning in the home. She is mistreated. As years go by Queen Mother Rhythm holds a searches for a new leader for the Great Gospel Choir. Cinderella sneaks her way into the contest but leaves before anyone knows it's her. The prince goes on a search and find her and they lead the choir together and live happily ever after.

The book was really neat. My mother and I read all sort of versions of Cinderella and enjoy comparing the story to the fairy tale classic.

This book is an excellent addition to your multi cultural children's collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. F. Brown on April 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a refreshing take on the Cinderella story! Instead of relying on her beauty to snag a prince, who will sinlge handedly make her life happily ever after, this Cinderella actually has a talent and uses that talent to reunite with her mother and find her rightful place in the world. The prince plays a secondary role. And isn't that the way life works, after all? Our daughters need to feel empowered by their own abilities and not rely on mere beauty or the whims of a man to make their lives complete. Oh, and the illustrations are just as beautiful -- icing on the cake! I'm on a quest now to find more books like this....
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What a unique spin on a fairy tale classic! I love and was most intrigued that it was a gospel-version where someone is being sought after to lead the gospel choir (and not to marry the prince of music) as the Queen Mother Rhythm's successor. I am so glad I came across this title on Amazon being sold for a great deal by one of the marketplace vendors since it's no longer in publication. It will be a gift to my daughter for her next birthday. Although I plan to expose my daughter to a variety of different versions to compare/contrast, I would love to see more fairy tale classics that have a version with a religious theme. I am very pleased with my purchase!
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