Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story

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Puffin Books, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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Hace mucho tiempo‚€”a long time ago‚€”there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kind-hearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue to her hidden identity‚€”a beautiful rebozo‚€” shawl. With the rebozo in place of a glass slipper, this favorite fairy tale takes a delightful twist. Tomie dePaola's exquisite paintings, filled with the folk art of Mexico, make this a Cinderella story like no other.

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This book takes the Cinderella story and twists it to fit Mexican cultures and customs. I really like that it has phrases in Spanish as well, and I think this book would be great to give an ELL. This ... Read full review

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By: Brianna Castro
DePaola, T. (2004). Adelita: a Mexican cinderella story. Puffin Books.
Grade Level: K-2nd
Summary: A fun cultural twist on the well-loved fairytale. When Adelita finally makes it
to the ball but disappears have way through leaving her rebozo behind. Will The charming Javier be able to find Adelita again?
Rational & Connection: I picked this book because I am from Hispanic descent and I have never seen a Hispanic version of Cinderella.
Star Rating: 5/5
Recommendation: I would recommend this book! I loved the cultural twist with the traditional tale.

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Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

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