The Korean Cinderella

The Korean Cinderella


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‘Climo and Heller conflate several Korean variants of Cinderella to offer up the story of Pear Blossom, a lovely girl who is sorely mistreated by her nasty stepmother and stepsister.… At once comfortingly familiar and intriguingly exotic, the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words.''Publishers Weekly. ‘Heller's paintings are exotically lush and colorful as well as engaging.… An agreeable retelling of the Cinderella story.' 'BL.

Notable 1994 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Author Biography: Shirley Climo is well-known for her thoroughly researched retellings of the Cinderella tale in the best-selling The Korean Cinderella and The Egyptian Cinderella, both illustrated by Ruth Heller. Ms. Climo lives in Los Altos, CA.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064433976
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/18/1996
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 108,019
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.

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The Korean Cinderella 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jasmine84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story start with a perfect family; father, mother and a beautiful daughter plus a pear tree. Years has gone by the mother died, the father have to remarry to fill up the family again, but turn out the second wife and her own daughter hate the husband kid so much. They don't want to do anything except demand the main character to do all the house chores look like a servant in the family.
slmturner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fairy tale like story based on the typical Cinderella stories but with a Korean twist. It takes place long ago in Korea. It has vibrantly colored pictures that resemble the Korean culture. It tells about their belief of mystical animals. It also defines a few Korean words in the story.I liked the bright, colorful pictures. They depicted the Korean culture. The story briefly describes how the culture was long ago;plants, food, festivals, clothing, and mythical animals. I do not believe that it does not describe the Korean way of life sufficiently enough to get a real feel for it. I think that it would be better to use this book with a fairy tale unit.This would be a great book to read during a unit on Cinderella. The students could get an idea of the Korean culture by reading it. The students could also discuss how the Korean people, back then, dress. They could compare and contrast their dress compared to ours. I could explain how dress is a part of one's culture.
dreamer2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a nice twist to an american folktale. This is very close to the Cinderella that I have heard growing up. I think this is a good display of culture different from the English. I like the way that they use the animals that help her as her fairy god mother. Nice pictures that show Korean culture.
eussery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo takes reader to Korea telling the story of a girl named Pear Blossom. The premise is the same as the American Cinderella describing a young girl mistreated by her stepmother and sister. With the help of magical animals she gets her impossible task done. She looses a shoe and ends up with the prince/ magistrate. The vibrant illustrations were traditional and symbolic of Korean culture. I got a sense that her mother¿s spirit was helping her along the way as well. This picture book could be used in high school when studying other countries and/or dealing with injustices. The moral of the story is a good one showing what goes around comes around. Grade 6 and up.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(folklore) In this Korean version of Cinderella, ( apparently in Korea there are at least a dozen versions) the heroine is usually a dutiful daughter that somehow escapes her wicked stepmother and stepsister by a variety of means. In this particular version, it is by the assistance of tokgabi, or spirit/goblin. In Korea, the tokgabi can either hurt or help and some believe it is the reincarnation of a person's departed loved one. In the Korean Cinderella, the tokgabi that appear could perhaps be the soul of Pear Blossom's departed mother. This particular version ends the traditional way with Pear Blossom meeting her knight (an Oriental magistrate) in shining armor, and being rescued through marraige from her wicked stepmother and stepsister. What makes this version so interesting to me is the influx of Korean myth and artwork. The author has included in the author's note in the back of the book a history on tokgabi, how it might be used in this story, as well as a brief description of the many versions of Cinderella in Korean culture. On the next page, it is explained how the different illustrations were used gathered from examples in Korea at museums, palaces, festivals and concerts. Each illustration described in this explanatory passage has a type of symbolism which is also defined to the reader. A fun interactive idea may be after reading the stories and the after notes, have the children locate the artwork in the book that the author talks about. You could also have them name the tokgabis and what they did for Pear Blossom. You could ask them to name similiarites and differences between the Korean Cinderella and our American one. This book would also be a good segueway into a unit on Korea or oriental tradition/culture.
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I purchased this book for my stepdaughter as an alternative to the American version of Cinderella for a project to help her become a better reader. She found it very interesting and was delighted to see the vivid colors that kept her interest so hig she was determined to read the entire story in one night...and she did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A girl by the name of Pear Blossom loses her mother and later loses her shoe and she gains an awful stepmother and an awful step-sister. Magic animals help her live her new life. But don't worry, the end of the story turns out a lot better than any of her losses. This book shows everyone that no matter how you dress or what you do you can still be the kind, sweet person that you are.