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Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella

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Ten ethnic versions of Cinderella story from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Middle East are summarized and worked into lessons for the middle and upper grades. Each story is accompanied by a Booktalk for review, a Motifs & Ideas for discussion, a Connection to a subject area, and a Vocabulary for cloze exercise. Answer Keys, Group Activities, and Self Evaluati ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Shens Books
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Dec 09, 2013 Soky rated it it was amazing
An interesting book to teach and a great way to talk about culture and differences between the Disney version of the story. I troubled with the idea that her father betrayed her, but I think there is underlying topics to explore here. I love the art and realistic portrayal of Cambodian homes, the significance of animals in farmland Cambodia.
Oct 12, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it
In this Cambodian Cinderella story, Angkat, the daughter of a lonely fisherman, and her father live in a quiet home in Cambodia, near the riverside. The father soon meets and remarries a widow from across the river, who also has one daughter, Kantok. The two sisters compete to be "Number One" daughter (one with privileges and notority), rather than "Number Two" daughter, who cleans, cooks, and performs numerous chores. Angkat makes friends with animals for comfort and companionship, how
Julia Brumfield
Aug 18, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it it was ok
Although this variation is suppose to take place in Cambodia there are some very strong familiarities of this version along with the Middle Eastern and Chinese version. It is interesting to be able to compare the various stories and the regions where they come from, especially if they share so much in common.

Unlike some of the other Cinderella variations there seems to be more of a religious theme that is going on within the pages although the name of the religion for those who don't know it i
Apr 12, 2010 Somona rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Genre: Folklore
Summary: The story is about Angkat and the cruelty she receives from her father, stepmother, and stepsister. One day the Spirit of Virtue gives Angkat a pair of golden slippers which leads her to meet and marry the Crown Prince. Motivated by jealousy, her family murders her and sends her stepsister in her place. The prince greatly mourns her death and to distract himself, he goes on a hunt. He encounters bamboo shoots that grew in the exact spot Angkat was killed and finding peace
The Cinderella story is inherently flawed, but I love returning to this version for the beautiful illustrations and zanier and dastardly plot twists I like in a lot of traditional folklore, particularly from the Middle and Far East.
May 03, 2016 Kara rated it liked it

This is a bit heavier than your run of the mill Cinderella story. (view spoiler)
Dec 15, 2014 Helaina rated it really liked it
Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella is a cultural variation of the classic tale, Cinderella that contains despicable plot twists that makes this version one that might be a tad too dastardly for early readers. Consequently, that is why this version is one that greatly appeals and stands out to me. This unique rendition depicts the story of Angkat. She is the Cambodian daughter of a widowed fisherman who remarries a callous woman with a vain daughter, Kantok. The story follows her through the cruelt ...more
Meg Stolte
Apr 04, 2014 Meg Stolte rated it really liked it
Angkat is a Cinderella tale from Cambodia, told over many generations and now beautifully illustrated in this book. Angkat is a young girl whose father marries a cruel widow with a vain daughter, Kantok. While trying to win the honor of first daughter, Kantok tricks Angkat and wins the honor, leaving Angkat to a life of chores and sadness. Over the course of time, Angkat is rewarded for her good spirit and ends up marrying a prince after he matches her to a golden slipper. However, her jealous f ...more
Kacie Blakley
Oct 04, 2014 Kacie Blakley rated it really liked it
The story of Cinderella can be told from many different cultures and backgrounds. Angkat is the Cambodian Cinderella and she has an evil step sister named Kantok. Kantok cheats to win the honor of "number one" daughter, so Angkat is forced to do all the work for the family. Fortunately, the Spirit of Virtue steps into save the "number two" daughter. The Spirit gives Angkat specific directions to leave a glass slipper by her door and later on a bird delivers that slipper to the dashing prince. Wh ...more
Jade Wilson
Dec 11, 2012 Jade Wilson rated it it was amazing
This was a great story with a different perspective on the traditional Cinderella story. Angkat is a Cambodian girl who lives with her step mother, father, and step sister. The story would be a great tool for providing different perspectives to students. The story could be used to draw connections and differences between Cinderella and Angkat.
Lisa Rathbun
Wonderful addition to any folklore collection. Instead of a fairy godmother, there is a magic fish and the Spirit of Virtue. Interesting, detailed illustrations. (Warning: Angkat is killed by her wicked family and later brought back to life thus making this a better selection for older children exploring Cinderella variants from different cultures.)
The Styling Librarian
Angkat – The Cambodian Cinderella written by Jewell Reinhart Cobern, illustrated by Eddie Flotte – Wow, this is quite the folktale. Didn’t expect the scheming, killing, and dark components of this Cinderella tale. The illustrations are brilliant accompanying the fascinating tale. Thrilled that we have this for students to enjoy next year!
Lauren Brown
I really enjoyed this book. It is like most cinderella stories but had some differences. Angkats father did not die like in most others. He conspired with his wife and stepdaughter to murder his daughter. She then came back to life and her family was banished from the land.
Aug 02, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
A very interesting version of the Cinderella story -- this one doesn't end when the Prince finds the girl with the golden slipper. The evil step-family ensures that things only get worse from there!
Culturally appropriate images grace this beautiful rendition. Instead of a fairy godmother, a fish and the Spirit of Virtue. Excellent addition to a Cinderella library.
Barbara Lovejoy
Apr 17, 2013 Barbara Lovejoy rated it it was amazing
This is another multicultural Cinderella story that I bought with money donated by an Esperanza board member for our Esperanza library. It is a great story...and the illustrations are great, too.
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has lived abroad and studies an array of diverse cultures. Has a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, two honorary degrees plus many literary awards. Currently lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband Bill.
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