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Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  37 reviews
I reckon ye heard o' Cinderella, but lemme tell you a story 'bout a sweet li'l thing named Rose? Set in the Appalachian Mountains and told in a lilting dialect that just begs to be read aloud, this is a unique and lively adaptation of the traditional Cinderella story. Complete with an enchanting protagonist, a glass slipper, and a fairy godmother who just happens to be a h ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 8th 2000 by Puffin Books (first published 1997)
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L13_F Sandra
This Cinderella story is set in the Smoky Mountains. It's the same traditional story, dad gets married to mean woman with 2 mean daughters who treat her bad and make her work except the whole story is written in the slang of the people from the Appalachians. I didn't really like this version. I didn't like the slang throughout the book. Even though this book is set during pioneer times, it made the people seem dumb and simple. I especially didn't like the fact that a talking pig was the magical ...more
Kari Martycz
Alan Schroeder's version of Cinderella is about a young girl named Rose, who lives in the Smokey Mountains with her Pa. Pa wants to start courting a women who has two girls near the age of Rose. Pa marries Gertie, who is the crossest, fearsome women in the Smokey Mountains. Gertie's two daughters, Annie and Liza Jane, treat Rose like a slave, making her do all the work on the farm, and cooking, especially after her father passed away. This "rich-feller" was having a party to find a wife, and all ...more
Schroeder has taken the classic Perrault fairy tale and recast it "smack in the heart o' the Smoky Mountains." He begins his retelling with the directive, "Now lis'en," and continues to relate the familiar events in lilting mountain dialect with plenty of homespun humor. Seb, the love interest here, is a "real rich feller?made his fortune in sowbellies and grits." Rose's transformation takes place through intervention of a kindhearted, articulate hog. The tale concludes, "To this day, Rose and S ...more
Mrs. Jones
Howdy there I was just reading a really good book called Smokey Mountain Rose by: Alan Schroeder its western style. Do like fairytales ? Then if you do then Smokey Mountain Rose By: Alan Schroeder is the book for you. This book is funny and a happy and magical too. That’s why you should read this great book. It’s my favorite! My favorite part is when Rose is helping her step sisters get ready for the shindig this one of my favorite sentises “it was like they were worken her like they were tryin ...more
Nov 18, 2012 Kristi added it
Grade Level: 3-5th Grade
Lexile Level: 760L
Genre: Traditional Literature/ Fairy Tale
Setting: near the Appalachian Mountain in small village
Point of View: First Person
Main Characters: Rose, evil step mother, wicked step sisters, the magical pig, the rich boy

In the story of Smoky Mountain Rose, Rose is heart broken after her father dies. She is left to live with her father's second wife who is a mean woman, and her two awful step-sisters . Neither the step-mother nor the step-sisters care for Rose
Fierce, phonetically written slang and softly stretched, fish-eye illustrations make this twangin' twist on the traditional tale a thrill for listeners and read-aloud hams alike -- rump-blisterin' and all!

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Other books mentioned:

Petite Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood
Three Little Cajun Pigs

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This version was distracting to me because of the dialect used. I felt that I spent more time focusing on how to say the words and what I sounded like versus paying attention to the story. The one thing I do really enjoy about this text are the illustrations. The point of view from which the pictures are drawn is interesting and eye-catching, because it seems to be drawn from the ground up, starting very large and getting smaller. You're immediately drawn to the bottom of the page rather than th ...more
I really like this Cinderella story. The art is well done and I like the forgiveness. This version has stuck with me over the years, and that is saying something since I read a lot of my favorite fairy tale.
Patricia Holland
I enjoyed this book because like most girls I fell in love with the story of Cinderella at a very young age. This book may have to resort to be a read aloud for young readers because the twang dialect can be difficult to read.

Teaching Application:
I would use this book for the same idea that is portrayed on our culminating project sheet. I would use it to explore all the Cinderellas around the world. This may sound like a project that only girls would enjoy but I think that this version of the
Highly entertaining version of the Cinderella story!
A Cinderella story from Appalachia with beautiful paintings and a lot of spirit. The downside of this tale is the Appalachian dialect it is written in. While this does make it more authentic, it also makes it hard to read the first time through if the reader is not familiar with the dialect. A few references to objects or activities of Appalachia may be unfamiliar to even some of the most studious children. Overall, a good book, but best suited to middle school or junior high students.
"Now lis'en." With its setting set in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, it's an interesting read aloud with all of the written southern lingo. This version follows the traditional plot of the fairy tale most Americans know, with a few changes to fit the setting of the south.

This fairy tale has the components of traditional fairy tale literature: hero(ine), rival, goal, helper, and magic.

I really enjoyed reading this and my students get a kick out of my attempt at a southern accent!
Brittney Pierce
This story is interesting to say the least. The language is like a southern accent. The fairy god-mother is a pig and the evil step sisters get their ball gowns from a catalog from which the rich king owns. The ball is a square dance. She of course had to be home by midnight, but she left the glass slipper at the hoe-down. The prince eventually sees the glass slipper is from Cinderella. I didn't like the languag of this book at all. I would not read it again nor would I read it to my children.
This version of Cinderella is also set in North America, but in the Appalachian area. The entire tale - including narration - is written with a southern accent, making it difficult to read silently. The book needs to be read aloud, but requires a brave reader or a little practice. The story is cute: the fairy godmother in this one is actually a hog, and the step-sisters end up liking Rose (the Cinderella character) in the end.
Heather B.
Smoky Mountain Rose was very enjoyable, it is a spin off of the classic French fairy tale of Cinderella, but it takes place in Appalachia. The books's style includes the appalchian dialect that may be hard to read, but I think younger readers would enjoy it if read to by an adult. I thought the tale was true to the culture and fun to read. I would recommend juvenille readers to read this book 3rd through 6th grade. Published 1997.
I was not a fan of this version of Cinderella. I find that the language/dialect may be a challenge for children. This is a version that definetly must be read aloud to children to appreciate it. I also found that the use of name calling, such as "stupid" which is used in this version may not be very educational for children. It may give children the wrong idea in terms of using appropriate language.
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This is a similar story to Cinderella, but it adds a couple twists and a faster story line. This book is fun beacuse the characters talk different and use words that we don't normally use in our everyday lanaguage. This is recommended for children ages 4-11.
Megan Piero
The southern dialect reads loud an clear in this alternative version of Cinderella that takes place on a rural farm. As a reader, you can hear the author's voice in every word.

As a teacher, I would use this book in a craft lesson on voice or in a fairy tale unit.
Emily Morris
This is an absolutely charming rendition of Cinderella, placing her in a classic Appalachian time with a magical hog and a square dance. The story is fun and coloquial and Brad Sneed's illustrations are delightful. Very sweet and touching Cinderella.
I've recently added this to my collection of Cinderella stories - the dialect is so thick that I have a hard time reading it out loud, but I like to reinforce to my preservice teachers that diversity doesn't just mean race...
Michael Fitzgerald
Confused as to why the author judged it best to ignore the various American folk versions he mentions in a note and used instead the Perrault version. It just makes it seem less authentic and more expendable.
Barbara Lovejoy
This is another Cinderella multicultural book that I bought with money donated by an Esperanza board member. What a charming and DELIGHTFUL book! I loved it. The illustrations were great, too.
I do like the style of the illustrations. But I don't really understand the point of this retelling, unless it's to make fun of the hillbilly stereotype.
We are reading all the cenderella books from all the different countrys and stuff so it was ok I dont remember much of it though :P
Ebony Hargett
This is a dialect, retelling story of Cinderella. It can be used during lessons on genre or various styles of storytelling.
Melissa Bledsoe
A very unique Cinderella story about the Appalachian Mountains. A folklore turn on the Cinderella story genre.
Theme: folklore
I loved this version of Cinderella for its dialect and Appalachian twists on the story. Fun illustrations, too.
An Appalachian version of Cinderella. Lovely illustrations.

themes: abuse, Cinderella, fairytales, family
A fun picture book retelling Cinderella. I really enjoyed the story with the Western twang! A great one to read aloud.
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