Thursday, March 12, 2015

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal

Guess what? I found the Cinderella book I was coveting from my kids' school library! It's Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman with art by Julie Paschkis.

It's really like nothing I've seen before. Instead of taking place in one country or culture, the drawings and circumstances of the story are constantly shifting to locations all over the world--maybe I'm not explaining this well.

Let me try again. You see, at no point in the book does anyone get on a plane and fly to another country, instead the illustrations and the wording vary from page to page indicating a change in setting. It's really pretty darn cool!! (Oh, there are also little labels on each page telling you what country is being depicted.)  Here, take a look…

Cinderella sleeps in the ashes in Korea.

In Zimbabwe, the king is looking for a queen and so all unmarried women go to the palace.

Cinderella's gown is a beautiful kimono from Japan.

She dances the night away in Indonesia.

But then in Laos her stepmother tries to keep her hidden.

The stepsisters try to fit into the slipper in France.

And (what I think is the coolest part) the happily ever after takes place all over the world!  

Look, any one of them could be Cinderella.  Isn't that fantastic? I think it's really a wonderful and totally unique idea! Plus it's fun to see which girl your kiddo will pick to be Cinderella. Cuteness and I disagree which of the maidens above is really Cindrella. Which one looks like it's Cindrella to you?  Whitney

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