Cendrillon: a Caribbean Cinderella

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Sep 1, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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You may think you already know this story about a beautiful servant girl, a cruel stepmother, a magnificent ball, and a lost slipper. But you've never heard it for true.

Now you can hear the tale from someone who was there: a poor washerwoman from the island of Martinique. She has just one thing in the world to love, her goddaughter Cendrillon. When she finds Cendrillon heartsick over a rich man's son, at first she doesn't know what to do. But she has sharp wits, a strong will, and the magic wand her mother left her -- and soon she has a plan to give her dear Cendrillon the gift of a love that will change her life.

A Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team brings us a unique Cinderalla story, with a remarkable fairy godmother to tell the tale. Adapted from a traditional Creole story, this fresh retelling captures all the age-old romance and magic of Cinderalla, melding it with the vivid beauty of the Caribbean and the musical language of the islands.

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User Review  - Bonnie_Ferrante - LibraryThing

This version is told from the viewpoint of the godmother. She is a poor washerwoman who has inherited a wand of mahogany. Three taps of it will change one thing into another but only for short time ... Read full review

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User Review  - TaraKennedy - LibraryThing

A Caribbean version of the Cinderella story, told from the godmother’s point of view. Would be a good book to discuss author’s choice of narrator because it is a familiar story. Also supporting details, because of the regional differences in the details. Read full review

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Robert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney also collaborated on the award-winning books The Faithful Friend and Sukey and the Mermaid. Brian Pinkney's books for children include The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book award. Robert D. San Souci is the author of many books, including The Talking Eggs, a Caldecott Honor book. Mr. San Souci lives in San Francisco, California, and Mr. Pinkney lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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