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Ashpet: An Appalachian Tale

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Long ago, in a cabin by Eagle's Nest Mountain, lived a servant girl called Ashpet. All day long, she cooked and cleaned for Widow Hooper and her cranky daughters. Ashpet had so much work to do, the widow wouldn't even allow her to go to the annual church picnic. Ashpet's life changes for the better, however, when old Granny shows up and works some magic. How Ashpet ...more
Published (first published March 1994)
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Dec 18, 2013 Jacoba rated it it was ok
Ashpet: An Appalachian Tale by Joanne Compton (1994)
Genre: Folklore
Format: Picture book
Plot summary: Ashpet is the Appalachian retelling of Cinderella. Ashpet is an orphan servant girl who has to do all the chores for an ungrateful widow and her two daughters. The widow's mother sees how good Ashpet is and uses her magical powers to transform Ashpet into the most beautiful girl in the village in time for the big church service and picnic and catches the eye of the villages most eligible bachelor
(NS) Becca
This was a humorous Applachian version of Cinderella. The plot was the same, but the events leading to Cinderella getting help were quite different. The author paints a clear picture of what Ashpet's life is like as a servant girl in the mountains. She is treated poorly, much like Cinderella is in the traditional tale. However, she is not related to the family she lives with. Instead of going to a ball she wants to go to a Church Meeting. The granny takes her under her wing and appears to use ...more
(NS) Brea M
May 26, 2010 (NS) Brea M rated it liked it
Ashpet is an Appalachian Tale of Cinderella retold by Joanne Compton and illustrated by Kenn Compton. Ashpet is a hired worker of Widow Hooper and her two daughters, Myrtle and Ethel. With the help of an old woman who lives up the hill, Ashpet magically finishes her chores, finds a fabulous red dress and makes her way to the big church meeting. Widow Hooper and her daughters do not recognize Asphet as she catches the eye of the doctor’s son. They take an evening stroll and Asphet decides she ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Karla rated it liked it
This is the story of Cinderella, but instead of being an unloved daughter of a wicked stepmother, she is the hired help to an unkind widow. Ashpet lives in the Appalachian area. The flow of the story is fun, as well as the language. I enjoyed looking at the story of Cinderella from a different perspective, with similar results. This retelling bears the culture of the area, bringing newness (to me, anyway) to a well-known story.
An Appalachian version of Cinderella was recorded as early as 1948. This tale tries to mimic Appalachian dialec. Pictures compliment the text. Ashpet is hired out to Widow Hooper and her two daughters. Old Granny takes the place of the fairy godmother and a doctor's son that of the prince.
One of my favorite versions of the Cinderella story, this Appalachian tale is told in a breezy, genial way, accompanied by comic illustrations of the folk of Eagle's Nest Mountain.
May 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok
The illustrations, though effectively comical, didn't seem appropriate for a Cinderella tale, which is all about beauty and clothes.
Cute tale with fun illustrations. I liked the author's note in the front, Ashpet is possibly from Aschenputtel, from the Brother's Grimm
Jul 12, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddie-books
I love this Appalachian American Cinderalla story. It is light-hearted, funny, and original. It screams of the culture.

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Jun 17, 2013 Briony rated it liked it
Shelves: children, fairy-tales
Enjoyed this different perspective on Cinderella. Ashpet is not the traditionally beautiful Cinderella but considered ordinary.
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