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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  517 ratings  ·  80 reviews
‘Climo and Heller conflate several Korean variants of Cinderella to offer up the story of Pear Blossom, a lovely girl who is sorely mistreated by her nasty stepmother and stepsister.… At once comfortingly familiar and intriguingly exotic, the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words.’—Publishers Weekly. ‘Heller’s paint ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 18th 1996 by HarperCollins (first published 1993)
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Ronyell
For many years, I have read so many different interpretations of “Cinderella,” but I have never come across a Korean version of this classic tale! “The Korean Cinderella” is a glorious retelling of the classic “Cinderella” written by Shirley Climo along with illustrations by Ruth Heller and it will surely be an instant hit with children who love reading stories from other cultures!

In the land of Korea, where magical creatures existed, there lived a young girl named Pear Blossom who was extremely
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Ch_beth Rice
The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo tells the story of Pear Blossom. Pear Blossom loses her doting and loving mother and her father marries a widow with a daughter her own age. Pear Blossom’s new mother and sister are far from ideal. They force Pear Blossom to complete seemingly impossible tasks such as polish a yard full of rice. Pear Blossom is told to weed the rice paddies if she wants to go to the village festival. Pear Blossom is helped in all her tasks by various animals from a frog to ...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 30, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who are interested in alternate versions of the Cinderella fairy tale
I read this one immediately after reading The Egyptian Cinderella and I’m glad of the order I chose, because I liked this one much better. I’m not really a huge fan of fairy tales, or the Cinderella story, but I read these versions because I saw that they had illustrations by Ruth Heller.


I liked the illustrations much better in this book, although they’re still not my favorite by her. However, I’m impressed by how much they fit the story, and appreciated them even more when I read the illustrato
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Genie
I gravitate towards books that are of Korean heritage, obviously because of my background. I always seem to enjoy the connections I can make to the stories and I feel that although I was born and raised in Chicago, I grew up in a very Korean household.

I write this only because the author notes that this was a story commonly told in Korean households. However, when I asked my mother about this fairy tale, she had no idea what I was talking about. A lot of the terminology I have heard of, like "to
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Krista
Here is another multicultural version of Cinderella, as I love these stories. Here Pear Blossom is the much wanted and loved daughter of a couple, but when the mother dies, the father remarries. The new step-mother and step-sister are cruel, make Pear Blossom work, and call her 'Pigling.' They give her impossible tasks to fulfill, yet Pear Blossom is able to finish them with help of magical animals. In the end her beauty is noticed by a magistrate who marries her without knowing her at all.

I lov
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Paige
The Korean Cinderella written by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller is the story of Pear Blossom, a girl whose father marries a cruel woman. Like the American version of Cinderella, poor Pear Blossom is forced to work like a slave as her mean stepmother and stepsister order her about. Unlike the American version, Pear Blossom is helped my magical animals, not a fairy godmother and she does not get dressed up for a ball but rather attends a festival in her regular ragged clothes where t ...more
Phally Pech
The Korean Cinderella is a story about Pear Blossom, who at a young age, lost her loving and caring mother. Her father soon remarries a widow who also had a daughter around Pear's age. The two mother and daughter torments Pear as they fill her day with impossible chores. But luck is on Pear's side, as Pear gets help from her magical friends. Pear one day looses her slippers, but she gets the surprise of her life when she met the person that returned it.

This version of Cinderella is very interes
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Yesenia
In "The Korean Cinderella" by Shirley Climo illustrated by Ruth Heller is wonderful Cinderella tale that tells the Koreans traditions. It very different from the typical Cinderella story.The girl named Pear Blossom loses her mother and after this tragedy her father marries another again.Her stepmother and her stepsisters do not like her.They always blade her for everything.In the end Pear Blossom prevails over her unkind stepmother and stepsisters.She ends up marrying the king and having a happy ...more
Kristine Pratt
A little different Cinderella story. The illustrations and manner of speaking teach about a culture that is new to many readers, while the story is one that comforts in it's familiarity. I enjoyed this rendition, and lingered for a long time on each page to thoroughly enjoy the work of Ruth Heller, the illustrator.
Ann Keller
Charming book. I really enjoyed this slightly different take on the fairy tale.
Anna Korroch
I enjoyed this spin off of a classic Cinderella tale. It had many of the same elements, but also incorporated elements from the Korean culture. There was an evil stepmother and step sisters that made her work after her mother died. She lost her shoe, and it ended with her marrying the prince. I think that it gave a good look into Korean culture such as the foods they eat, the names they use, and their different celebrations.

I think that this could be used in the classroom to teach about the Kor
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Lucila Perez
I like how there are many versions of Cinderella told around the world and this book offers the Korean version to the classic fairy tale.The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo tells the story of Pear Blossom. It all starts when Pear Blossom loses her doting and loving mother and her father marries a widow with a daughter her own age. Pear Blossom’s new mother and sister are far from ideal. They force Pear Blossom to complete seemingly impossible tasks such as polish a yard full of rice. Pear Blo ...more
Elevetha
See that low rating? That would be due to the illustrations. They were loud, trippy, and just plain ugly. They hurt to look at. The story had a few things going for it and, as always, any difference from the usual Cinderella tale makes me happy, but when you're trying to avoid looking at the pictures, you know you've got a problem.
Tracy St.
This story offers a unique spin on the traditional Cinderella tale that most young American children have grown up loving and knowing. I would love to gather several more books like this depicting this well known tale in countries across the globe and use them to have my students compare and contrast the plots of the story. Although the details seem as though they couldn’t be further from what we know to be Cinderella, the plot line of an evil step mother, fantasy characters helping her on her w ...more
Laurie
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Michelle
This version of a Cinderella story was really interesting. I have only every read the “regular” or American version of Cinderella so reading something different was nice. Something that I noticed right away was the colors that are used are very bright and vibrant colors.

Summary: Cinderella, who is Pear Blossom, is now living with her step mother and step sister because her mother has died. She does not get treated fairly. She has a few magic critters to help her get things done so she can go out
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Andrea
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Mackenzie W
I definitely enjoyed this book. It was a different version of the ever-popular Cinderella fairy tale. A few of the "key" elements were different in this version. This Cinderella had only one 'evil" stepsister. We also hear the full story of how her birth mother died and came to be remarried. Our heroine's name in this story is Pear Blossom. Pear Blossom is forced to do many unreasonable tasks around the house such as carrying water in a broken pot and weeding the rice fields. Pear Blossom is ass ...more
Nina G.
There are many versions of Cinderella told around the world and this book offers the Korean version to the classic fairy tale. An elderly couple were desperate to have children and finally they had a daughter named Pear Blossom. Her father planted a pear tree in her honor. One day Pear Blossom's mother passes away and her father worried who will care for her. Her father remarried to a woman who also had a daughter. As soon as they moved on they were very mean and disrespectful to Pear Blossom. S ...more
Charles Kim
Grade/interest level: 3rd - 5th
Reading level: 4.5
Genre: Picture; Multicultural Literature; Traditional Literature

Main Characters: Pear Blossom, Omoni, the black ox, the magistrate, Peony
Setting: Korea
POV: 3rd Person

The Korean Cinderella is a Korean version of the traditional story of Cinderella. Pear Blossom is Cinderella, Omoni is the stepmother, Peony is the stepsister and the black ox is the fairy god mother. The story follows the traditional story in that the lesson learned is the same, but
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Heather
Folktales

An older couple are blessed with a child they name Pear Blossom. In Cinderella fashion the mother dies and the father finds an unsuitable replacement complete with ugly and mean stepsister. Through many trials Pear Blossom finds a way out of her unpleasant fate with the assistance of some magical animal helpers.

I am always intrigued to see different cultures directions for this tale. This one was beautifully illustrated and had a wonderful explanation by the author and the illustrator a
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Katina
The pictures in the book were inspired by patterns painted on Korean temples. I asked my fourth grade Korean students if they read this book and if they liked it. They were al familiar with the story. I found it hard to follow along at some points. Pear Blossom and her father meet with a match maker to find the old man a new wife. Pear Blossom would have been better off by herself than share a life with mean sister, Peony. Like in the traditional Cinderella story she has animals for friends. Ins ...more
Miss Clark
2.5 stars

Again, not great illustrations (and truly why was not a greater effort made to have pictures that could accentuate the story?), and I found the "Wow, good luck shall be mine if I marry whoever has this shoe",/i> reasoning rather unbelievable, but I genuinely liked Pear Blossom and the trials that the animals/spirits help her complete...
Catie
I loved this book for many reasons. I liked this book because the retelling of Cinderella is very unique and interesting. I like how she was named after a beautiful tree and how her nickname was not Cinderella, but was piggy. I also liked the illustration and how detailed it was. The colors were beautiful and so were the characters. I really enjoyed how it wasn't a fairy godmother who helped her, but many different animals along the way. I also liked how the prince seemed to be much more clever ...more
Savanna
Summary: This book is about a girl named Peach Blossom. When her mother dies the matchmaker sets her father up with a widow with a daughter Peach Blossom's age. Her father gets old and feeble. The stepmother and stepsister are abusive towards Peach Blossom and make her work very hard. When things are at their worst the animal help Peach Blossom with her chores. Peach Blossom goes to a festival but on the way she sees the magistrate and looses her shoe. The magistrate tracks her down and marries ...more
Annie
Apr 02, 2015 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cinderella fans
Recommended to Annie by: My professor
Along side two other Cinderella variants, I read Climo's telling. It wasn't my favorite version of the tale, but it was still a pretty good read. I was thrown off by how our Cinderella didn't go to a ball or anything of the sort. I really loved the intro of the story it was pretty and poetic. And the illustrations are lovely.
Dolly
Sep 04, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fascinating Korean fairytale that features three different kinds of animals helping poor Pear Blossom to overcome the impossible challenges put forth by her mean stepmother. The story follows a similar format to the traditional Cinderella story, but the cultural references and illustrations are classically Korean.

We really enjoyed reading this story together and I also really enjoyed reading the author's and illustrator's notes at the end of the book. I thought it was very interesting
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Naomi
I have read a couple of these "Cinderella" stories by Shirley Climo. This one is my favorite. I felt it flowed the best and the illustrations complimented it beautifully.
Valerie
Summary:
This Korean Cinderella tale tells the sweet story of Pear Blossom, who diligently works for her stepmother, cooking, cleaning and completing tasks, "no human could possibly do alone" (she is aided by a magical animals, specifically a tokgabi, gigantic frog). Her evil stepmother gets more angry as time passes, continuing to threaten Pear Blossom with the phrase, "you will get what you deserve." While walking through the woods, she is unexpectedly passed by the magistrate, and therefore i
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Erin Sterling
This telling of Cinderella starts off familiarly—a beautiful daughter Pear Blossom is born, the mother dies, and the father gets remarried to a horrible step-mother. The step-mother Omoni finds fault with Pear Blossom and works her hard, promising that she can go to the village festival after finishing impossible tasks. However, there is no fairy godmother. Instead, different animals help Pear Blossom accomplish the tasks she entrances a nobleman but runs away in fear. He finds her using her sho ...more
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