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The Korean Cinderella

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  730 Ratings  ·  104 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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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
Lisa Vegan
Dec 30, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Ch_beth Rice
Feb 09, 2010 Ch_beth Rice rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
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
Oct 20, 2011 Genie rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
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
Mary Catelli
Light retelling of a Korean fairy tale. Includes a number of elements not typical to Cinderella. Illustrations functional and reasonably attractive.
Feb 01, 2014 Paige rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
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
Oct 10, 2015 MaryannP rated it did not like it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This is a cinderella tale told from Korea. A man and woman have a child, but the mother passes away soon after. The dad felt that he had to find another mother for his daughter so he marries a widow who has a daughter the same age as his. Her step-mother was far from motherly and her sister was far from a sister. They both made her clean and do things for them all day long. She is sent out to do things day after day where she talks to herself and wonders if anyone will help save her. Crows and s ...more
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
Phally Pech
Oct 06, 2014 Phally Pech rated it really liked it
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
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 Hansen
Mar 19, 2014 Kristine Hansen rated it liked it
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.
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.
Ann Keller
Nov 08, 2014 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Charming book. I really enjoyed this slightly different take on the fairy tale.
Jan 30, 2016 Van rated it it was ok
Just the same plot while in different country - Korea - so have a little culture modification.
Dec 08, 2016 Kat rated it really liked it
The Korean Cinderella is the classic story of Cinderella, but with Korean culture and words mixed in. Pear Blossom is abused by her evil step sisters, and eventually falls in love with the prince everyone wants, just like in the classic story. She is named Pear due to pear tree that was planted to honor her birth, and when she escapes from her step sisters she is helped by magical creatures.

This tells the same story of the classic Cinderella, but with Korean culture and folklore added in. There
RLL 22016 Shaquetta
Oct 06, 2016 RLL 22016 Shaquetta rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
The Korean Cinderella was a story about Pear Blossom. Pear Blossom's parents were married and his wife passed on. He married Omoni and she had a daughter named Peony. Omoni and Peony treated Pear Blossom very poorly and started calling her Little Pig or Pigling. The stepmother would give Pear Blossom ridiculous chores that she felt were almost impossible for her to complete but with the help of different animals around the kingdom Pear Blossom would complete them. During one of her tasks, in the ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Laurie rated it it was ok
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Bonnie Ferrante
Jul 08, 2016 Bonnie Ferrante rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this book are remarkable. Their bright, lifelike quality fairly jumps from the pages. The detail in the braided baskets, flowers, and jewels is impressive. The rich, vibrant reds, greens and oranges give the illustrations power. Ruth Heller is one of my favorite illustrators.

The story unfolds with the natural fairytale quality. “Long ago in Korea, when magical creatures where as common as cabbages, there lived an old gentleman and his wife.”

When Pear Blossom’s mother dies, h
Nina G.
Mar 04, 2013 Nina G. rated it it was amazing
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
Lucila Perez
Dec 06, 2014 Lucila Perez rated it it was amazing
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
Mackenzie W
Mar 21, 2012 Mackenzie W rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 19, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
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
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
May 30, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit

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
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
Jillian Armstrong
Apr 24, 2016 Jillian Armstrong rated it it was amazing
The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo is about a girl named Pear Blossom. After the loss of her mother, her father marries a dreadfully cruel woman that now becomes Pear Blossom's step-mother. Her new mother and sister force her to complete tasks that are absolutely ridiculous, such as polishing a large yard full of rice. With the village festival coming up, she is told to weed the rice paddies in order for her to attend. Even though these tasks are difficult, she is helped by a wide range of d ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Katina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional
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
Jan 31, 2013 Savanna rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit, fairy-tales, 90s
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
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