The Korean Cinderella (#39035X8)

by Climo, Shirley; illustrated by Heller, Ruth

7 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn HarperCollinsPublishers, 1993
Price: USD 13.56
Description: 46 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Dewey: 398.2; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 4.1
AR 4.1 MG .5 7186EN; RC 4.5 2; LEX 700L


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In this version of Cinderella set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife.

Product Details
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
  • Publication Date: January 18, 1996
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Dewey: 398.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 46 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Tracings: Heller, Ruth, 1924-2004. illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-63801-7 (originally 0-06-443397-8)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-63801-6 (originally 978-0-06-443397-6)
  • LCCN: 91-023268
  • Follett Number: 39035X8
  • Catalog Number: 0064433978
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 4.1
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.1
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 7186EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: 700L

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 05/01/00
  • Child Study Children's Book Committee, 1995
  • Elementary School Library Collection, 06/01/00
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • New York Times
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (Vol. 89, No. 17 (May 1, 1993))
Ages 5-8. Pear Blossom was named for the pear tree planted in honor of her birth by her aging father and mother. After her mother dies, her father marries again, and Pear Blossom is ill-treated by her stepmother and stepsister. Her stepmother sets her impossible tasks and threatens her with dire punishment unless she successfully completes them. With the help of a frog, some sparrows, and a black ox, Pear Blossom completes the tasks and finds good fortune in marriage to a wealthy magistrate, "and in the courtyard of her splendid new house, a dozen pear trees blossomed." Though characters' faces sometimes lack articulation, Heller's paintings are exotically lush and colorful as well as engaging. Climo includes an explanatory note about Cinderella variants (the Korean version in particular), and Heller explains the decorations, costumes, and settings she used in the illustrations. An agreeable retelling of the Cinderella story.

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