Monday, January 21, 2008

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella, by Paul Fleischman.

Illus. by Julie Paschkis.

Cinderella has variants around the world and this gorgeous presentation melds them into one story with features from Appalachia, Ireland, Russia, Iraq, Zimbabwe, and Japan among others. The decorative illustrations also blend motifs from these many cultures into an attractive and appealing whole. Most library collections hold numerous and scattered variants of this familiar tale; this story offers a satisfying introduction and synthesis.

Grades 2 up.

1 comment:

A. Barbee said...

Second. I love this book. It is perfect for Cinderella comparisons, telling the story with variations from different countries, comparing versions on each page. It can also be used to enhance critical thinking as children see how cultural and geographical differences can influence the story.