Cinderella / Edition 1

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Overview

The stories of a Cinderella character go far beyond the familiar tales of Perrault and Grimm. Author Judy Sierra presents 24 versions that represent a broad range of cultures and geographical areas, styles, with variations on the theme of the persecuted heroine (or occasionally hero) who emerges victorious, regardless of the circumstances. Each version is accompanied by a short introductory paragraph that summarizes the plot and discusses the cultural background of the story.

Presents versions of the Cinderella story which represent many cultures, geographical areas, and styles. Includes information about the tales, related activities, and resources.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"For the storyteller who love variants."

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Off the Loom Newsletter

"The usefulness and excellence of this part of the series will certainly create a demand for future works."

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Public Library Quarterly

"Accessible and well organized, this will be a boon to librarians and storytellers."

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Children's Bookwatch

"Take the Cinderella classic select the 24 which represent the broadest range of cultures and variations on the theme, and include the author's research notes on the text and you have a unique, educational approach capable of wide interest."

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Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Of the hundreds of versions of Cinderella extant, Judy Sierra, a folklorist, chooses 25 for her collection. From the more familiar European variations to the less well-known tales from Africa, the Mid-East and Far East, the reader is impressed with the cultural symbols that mark each version. This is an invaluable teacher resource with accompanying background notes and activities for the classroom. Judy's essay about Cinderella and its hold on the imagination of children throughout time is worth the price of the book. A good read-aloud for parents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897747271
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Series: The Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 1,438,317
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JUDY SIERRA, Ph.D., a former children's librarian, is a leader of workshops in storytelling, folklore, and children's literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Tales 1
Introduction to the Tales 3
Rhodopis: A Cinderella in Ancient Egypt? 5
Yeh-hsien China 6
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper France 9
Peu d'Anisso France 16
Aschenputtel Germany 20
Allerleirauh, or the Many-furred Creature Germany 27
Little One-eye, Little Two-eyes, and Little Three-eyes Germany 32
Cap o' Rushes England 40
Billy Beg and the Bull Ireland 44
Fair, Brown, and Trembling Ireland 53
Hearth Cat Portugal 61
Katie Woodencloak Norway 65
The Wonderful Birch Finland 75
The Story of Mjadveig, Daughter of Mani Iceland 81
Little Rag Girl Republic of Georgia 88
Vasilisa the Beautiful Russia 92
The Little Red Fish and the Clog of Gold Iraq 104
Nomi and the Magic Fish Africa 111
How the Cowherd Found a Bride India 114
The Invisible One Native American: Micmac 119
Poor Turkey Girl Native American: Zuni 122
Ashpet United States: Appalachia 128
Benizara and Kakezara Japan 134
Maria Philippines 138
The Story of Tam and Cam Vietnam 141
Glossary to the Tales 145
Notes to the Tales 147
Notes 149
Essays, Activities, and Resources 159
About Cinderella 161
Activities 165
Illustrated Picture Book Versions of Cinderella 169
A Guide to Tale Variants in Collections 171
Works Consulted 174
Index 176
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