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The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by [Manna, Anthony, Mitakidou, Christodoula]
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About the Author

ANTHONY L. MANNA and SOULA MITAKIDOU's first collaboration, Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale, illustrated by Giselle Potter, was an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and a New York Public Library Best Book for Children. Anthony has taught at universities in Turkey, Greece, and the U.S. Soula grew up in Greece, and storytelling was an important part of her family's traditions. She now lives in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she teaches at Aristotle University.

GISELLE POTTER's children's books include The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner; and Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne, a Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal Best Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book. Giselle lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and daughters. Visit her at GisellePotter.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6383 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (October 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MHHRKM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Gary E. Eddey on November 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This tale in the Cinderella genre is outstanding. It is simply lovely to read and is illustrated by Giselle Potter in a way that captivates the reader and pushes the reader along, enhancing the written word beautifully. And the book, extemely important for a children's book, also reads well when read aloud. Try it and you will agree, of this I am sure.
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I liked The Orphan a Cinderella Story from Greece because it's different from the
common Cinderella stories. In the story, the girl's mother actually talked to her from her grave,
giving her wisdom and guidance. And instead of a fairy godmother, mother nature's children
showered her in gifts such as three beautiful dresses from the meadows, a pair of little blue shoes
from the sea, and beauty from the moon. Instead of the girl losing her shoe by falling, the prince
ordered his guards to spread a mixture of honey and beeswax on the church threshold (where she
was leaving) to trap her. She did get away, but only with one shoe. The Orphan a Cinderella
Story from Greece was a wonderful story about a girl who fi'nally got her Prince Charming.

Review from an 11 year old young lady who loves fairy tales...
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I purchased several versions of the Cinderella story from many countries. My class loved reading the different versions and used that as a springboard to write their own story of Cinderella from a different country after completing some research.
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As Cinderella tales go, the orphan in this story lost her mother and is left to a lonely life with a step-mother who counts each drop of water she drinks and sisters who are unusually cruel. Seeking a way out, the orphan visits her mother's grave and is told to not despair but return home to await her fortune. Upon returning home, it is not a fairy godmother, but rather Mother Nature and her children that assist the orphan. This time the prince is met at church (rather than a ball), but a shoe is lost, found, and happily ever after ensues.

As the author's notes indicate, the Cinderella in this tale varies from most in that she makes strides to fulfill her own destiny. Indeed the tale mixes the classic with this new spunk to create an enchanting story. The rhyme and repeat sprinkled throughout ensure that children will ask for the story again and again so they can read along with you
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The story is very good. I collect Cinderella stories from around the world for my daughter and this is now one of my favorites! As always, Giselle Potter's illustrations are heart-breakingly beautiful!
5 stars
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My daughter loves the Cinderella story, so I started buying her different ethnic versions. She is a sliver Greek, so it was nice to be able to give her a story that includes part of her heritage. It is written well and the illustrations are lovely.
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A delightful twist on the classic fairy tale. With a repeated, rhyming refrain, children can join in the telling of the story, taking on the role of the orphan's deceased mother, who offers advice to her daughter as she navigates through a less than ideal family situation.
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I liked it because it was a Cinderella story from Greece. I also liked it because she was a orphan. It should be in a library because it was a very good book. I think it's the best book I've ever read. It's my favorite book. I would want it for my birthday.
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