Domitila : a Cinderella tale from the Mexican tradition (#0972ER5)

by Coburn, Jewell Reinhart; illustrated by McLennan, Connie

4 reviews & awards | 3 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Shen's Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books Inc., 2000
Price: USD 17.08
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Dewey: 398.2; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 5.1
AR 5.1 MG .5 36657EN; RC 4.3 3; LEX 920L; F&P S


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Language: Spanish

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Text in English with some Spanish.;Based on: Cinderella. By following her mother's admonition to perform every task with care and love, a poor young Mexican girl wins the devotion of the governor's son.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Shen's Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books Inc.
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2014
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: 398.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: McLennan, Connie, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-48984-117-2 (originally 1-885008-43-0)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48984-117-9 (originally 978-1-885008-43-5)
  • Follett Number: 0972ER5
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 5.1
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.1
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 36657EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 920L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: S

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 06/01/01
  • Booklist, 05/15/00
  • School Library Journal, 07/01/00
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (Vol. 96, No. 18 (May 15, 2000))
Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. There are no glass slippers in this tale based on folklore from Hidalgo, Mexico, but elements of the Cinderella story remain. When her mother grows ill, Domitila, a skilled cook and craftswoman, takes a job at the governor's house. Timoteo, the governor's son, loves her exceptional dishes, but Domitila's mother dies, and she returns home before Timoteo meets her. He travels the state, asking locals about "the girl who can make delicacies from desert weeds," and meets evil Malvina, who schemes to marry Domitila's grieving father and present her own lazy daughter to Timoteo as the woman he seeks. Luckily, Timoteo meets Domitila by chance, and the expected happy ending ensues: love, marriage, and new life in the governor's house. Both the text and Connie McLennan's oil illustrations tell the story satisfactorily, though children will probably skip over the heavy-handed, bilingual aphorisms framing each text box. Young readers will enjoy comparing this moralistic story with the familiar fairy tale, and will come away with an expanded sense of the region's landscape and culture. A brief glossary and a recipe are appended.

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