Glass slipper, gold sandal : a worldwide Cinderella (#02301P8)

by Fleischman, Paul; illustrated by Paschkis, Julie

8 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Holt, 2007
Price: USD 21.37
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Dewey: 398.2; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 4.1
AR 4.4 LG .5 116575EN; RC 3.6 1; LEX AD700L


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Maps on endpapers. A retelling of the "Cinderella" story based on a variety of folk traditions, including elements from Mexico, Iran, Korea, Russia, Appalachia, and other countries and regions.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Holt
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2007
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Dewey: 398.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: Paschkis, Julie, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-71262-4 (originally 0-8050-7953-X)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-71262-4 (originally 978-0-8050-7953-1)
  • LCCN: 2006-030615
  • Follett Number: 02301P8
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 4.1
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.4
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 116575EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD700L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 11/15/07
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/08
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 04/01/08
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 10/01/07
  • Library Media Connection starred, 11/01/07
  • New York Times, 11/11/07
  • School Library Journal starred, 09/01/07
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (November 15, 2007 (Vol. 104, No. 6))
Grades K-2. There are plenty of books that showcase a Cinderella from a particular country, but this beautifully conceived offering by Newbery Medal–winner Fleischman moves the story from culture to culture with a turn of the page; Cinderella goes from eating  pan dulce in Mexico and receiving figs and apricots from a fairy in Iran to being handed rice from Grandfather Snake in India. Cinderella herself morphs from an Irish maiden into a Zimbabwean beauty in robe and headress. And when she runs away from the ball, she leaves behind a glass slipper, a diamond anklet, or a sandal of gold. From concept to execution, this is a sophisticated piece of artistry. Drawing on traditional textiles for inspiration, Paschkis’ folk-style art is a mastery of design. Using unexpected colors (tomato, navy, maroon) and pearls of detail unique to the individual countries, her images invite readers to look and look some more. The telling (framed by a mother reading to her daughter) needs introduction, but children old enough to understand the concept of one story transversing many lands will be fascinated.

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