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Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella

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Once upon a time, in Mexico . . . in Ireland . . . in Zimbabwe . . . there lived a girl who worked all day in the rice fields . . . then spent the night by the hearth, sleeping among the cinders.

Her name is Ashpet, Sootface, Cendrillon . . . Cinderella. Her story has been passed down the centuries and across continents. Now Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis craft its many
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jan 22, 2012 L12_sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: mc-lit, picture-books
"A chameleon changes color to match its surroundings. Stories do the same."

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella tells the story of Cinderella as seen through the eyes of various countries around the world. The author, Paul Fleischman, blends the different versions of this classic story into one seamless tale. In so doing, he unites the world through one story, creating not just a multicultural work, but a global one. Those who love the story of Cinderella will take delight in thi
Apr 06, 2010 Abby rated it it was amazing
I really loved how the author combined lots of different countries' versions of the Cinderella story to create one strongly woven version. Also the great folk-art illustrations don't hurt.
Jaclyn Giordano
Feb 04, 2010 Jaclyn Giordano rated it really liked it
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella, by Paul Fleischman, is a picture book intended for readers in preschool through grade three. I gave it four stars. In this tale, a beautiful young girl, “gentle-eyed and good-hearted,” laboriously works under the wrath of her evil stepmother. However, magical creatures adorn this young girl with beautiful clothing and transport her to the king’s ball, where she and the king ultimately fall in love and live as an “adoring couple in such a wondr ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This book beautifully interwove versions of Cinderella told around the world (specifically, from Mexico, Korea, Iraq, India, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Germany, Appalachia, Laos, Russia, Indonesia, China, Japan, France, West Indies, Poland, Iran and Korea). As author Paul Fleischman writes in the author's note "traveling across the globe, it changed its clothes but not its essence" for "rivalry, injustice, and the dream of wrongs righted are universal." The overall story of Cinderella is unchanging, alt ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Paige rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella, written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Julie Paschkis is the Irish version of Cinderella. It is the Mexican version of Cinderella. It is the Korean, Indian, Russian and more versions of Cinderella woven into one story that invites the reader on a journey across the world. The story of Cinderella is told with each page being dedicated to one, two, or three countries' versions of that part of the story.

My favorite part is the page describi
Eva Leger
Oct 08, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Shelves: julias-books
I enjoyed this more than Julia. She liked it because of the Cinderella aspect, I liked it because of that and everything else.
I wouldn't go so far as to say it worked out perfectly. I think maybe it could even be done again and turn out better. I don't know.
I liked the thought of cutting and splicing and pasting parts of the story together. It really did turn out okay here but I'm curious as to what another author could possibly with it.
Sep 27, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is brilliant! It tells the story of Cinderella, but with each line from a different country's version! We get the whole story, in a way a more whole story, with all these wonderful region-specific details. Wonderful.
Adam Nicholson
Feb 15, 2017 Adam Nicholson rated it really liked it
The author's note discusses stories change to match their surroundings. In this Cinderella story, we follow (more or less) the plot of the classic version of the tale. The only change is that each page, or page section is labeled with a country and illustrated to match the culture. In addition, cultural language is used that is unique to the countries referenced. The most impactful part of the story is not the cultural diversity, but rather, how a traditional story binds together many cultures t ...more
Oct 12, 2010 N_carlyl rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
In my opinion, there is no better way to teach our students how alike yet different the many cultures of the world are, than by reading this story.

In this colorful tale, we read the story of a young girl who works hard to cook and clean and is treated unfairly by her stepmother and stepsisters. When the prince hosts a royal ball to find his queen, the young girl is forbidden to attend because her looks and clothing will cause her stepmother and sisters humiliation. The poor girl only wishes to
Anna Reid
Dec 01, 2014 Anna Reid rated it it was amazing
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Julie Paschkis which was recognized by the Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) organization in 2008. This story takes the original Cinderella and applies a twist to it where the story is told as it would be in many different countries like Korea, Iraq, Mexico, Russia, Iran, India and Ireland to name a few. The uniqueness of this book is the fact that is portrays the story through many different ...more
Glass Slipper Gold Sandal follows the traditional format of Cinderella, but is told as an amalgamation of tales from around the world. Writer Paul Fleishman seamlessly tells the troubles and triumph of the “gentle-eyed and good-hearted” protagonist while maintaining elements unique to her native lands in Mexico, Appalachia, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Iran, Iraq, India, China, Korea, Laos, Japan, Indonesia, and Zimbabwe. Readers can take part in on the spot comparisons of foods Cin ...more
Oct 16, 2009 Katy rated it it was amazing
Writer Paul Fleischman, and illustrator Julie Paschkis tell the traditional Cinderella tale by incorporating elements from the same story as told in all different countries and regions. It starts out in Mexico where a little girl is given pan dulce by a woman who wants to marry her father. After she talks her father into marrying the woman the story moves to Korea where the new spouse orders the girl around, and to Iraq where she vows not to complain to her father because as she says, “I picked ...more
Alexa David
Nov 18, 2012 Alexa David rated it really liked it
This book covers a wide variety of different countries versions of how the classic tale of Cinderella. The storyline follows the basic story of the evil stepmother forcing the powerless Cinderella to do chores to prohibit her attendance to the prince’s ball. Then, in all versions of the story, some sort of animal or fairy godmother help to dress Cinderella and get her to the ball. Cinderella then always loses a shoe, forcing the prince to come searching for his princess he longed for at the ball ...more
Sydney Thomas
Apr 07, 2016 Sydney Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
This book told the classic story of Cinderella through the view of multiple cultures and countries. Each page was decorated with different colors, different races, telling new aspects of the stories with unique elements of the different countries.

In the classroom, I think that this book would be a great way to show how stories can go across cultures, and not be limited to a single story of a single group of people. It would make for a great read aloud, and then turning into a discussion of diff
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Dec 13, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this mishmash of Cinderella type tales from around the world although it's definitely for older readers. Younger kids who aren't familiar with any of the more traditional versions of the story won't be able to follow it well, or understand that the author is incorporating different elements from different places. I really like the sort of faux-folk style illustrations, although I think that the amount of pattern can be overwhelming, even if the contrast on the colours is minimal ...more
Feb 10, 2010 Ch_amyM rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
Newbery Award-Winning author Paul Fleischman tells the "worldwide" version of Cinderella in Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal. Drawing on various versions of Cinderella from countries around the world, Fleischman weaves them all together to create a story in which various cultures, lifestyles and "Cinderellas" are portrayed. The illustrations and labeling help the reader to understand where that part of the story originated. "And on the girl's feet appeared a pair of glass slippers... (France) diamond ...more
Heather Brownlee
Oct 17, 2014 Heather Brownlee rated it it was amazing
What a great story. I love fairy-tales, and this telling of Cinderella is fascinating. It can be a bit confusing at times, especially the part when she is getting ready for the ball. This story looks at different culture's variations on the Cinderella story. The story is told with the same arc, however each sentence can come from a different country's version of Cinderella. The illustrations show the girl in different outfits, and different settings on each page as the story progresses to go alo ...more
May 31, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Did you know that the Cinderella story originated in China in the 9th century? The story has been passed to many countries and has been altered somewhat to fit each culture. Over 1,000 versions exist today! In this beautifully illustrated book, many of these versions (from Ireland, Japan, Iraq, India, Zimbabwe, Poland , France, Germany and more) have been interwoven to present a unique version of Cinderella! It’s a fascinating retelling which exposes children to a rich multicultural fairytale ex ...more
Oct 17, 2013 Jacoba rated it it was amazing
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman (2007)
Format:Picture book
Plot summary: A Cinderella story told from snippets from 17 cultures worldwide.
No special considerations
Review citation: Joanna Rudge Long, Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2008, Vol. 84 Issue 1, p99, 2p
Section source used to find the material: Horn Book Magazine, Children's Core Collection
Recommended age: Grades 3-5
May 02, 2008 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I really enjoyed the text of this story: it incorporated aspects of versions of the Cinderella story from all over the world. Parts from Korea, Indonesia, the West Indies, Germany, Ireland, France, Russia....

The illustrations were also well-researched as to costume, color, etc. But I just didn't like them at all.... Personal preference.
Feb 04, 2012 L12_LaurieLaning rated it really liked it
Lovely Cinderella-esqe book covering many continents across the globe. I think perhaps they tried to include these cultures at the expense of really applying something unique and different from each of the cultures into the text.
Ann Keller
Jul 24, 2015 Ann Keller rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Charming worldwide version of the classic Cinderella story. I liked the interesting additions to the story, which should spark a child's imagination.
Feb 09, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Another good one from Paul Fleischman. Braids together many of the hundreds of versions of the Cinderella story from all over the world. Illustrations are wonderful.
Jan 13, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
Canadian Reader
Fleischman’s fairytale picture book Glass Slipper Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella is a kind of mash-up of a number of Cinderella-story variants from around the world. In an author’s note to introduce the book, Fleischman writes: “A chameleon changes color to match its surroundings. Stories do the same.” He mentions that Cinderella dates back to 9th-century China (yes, now the tiny feet make sense, don’t they?), and the story was carried across the globe, changing “its clothes but not its e ...more
Juliann Strieter
Feb 11, 2017 Juliann Strieter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-tale
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella written by Newberry Award-Winning Author Paul Fleischman is a traditional tale that everyone knows and loves. The Cinderella story is told across multiple countries in one book: Mexico, Ireland, Iraq, France, Zimbabwe, and many more.

Cinderella is a girl who begged her father to marry a widow down the road with two daughters. The story then goes on about Cinderella working all day in the rice fields and sleeping among the cinders, while her sist
May 15, 2017 Callie rated it really liked it
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella is a fascinating literary potpourri of the tale of Cinderella as told in many different countries. With each turn of the page, the story and illustrations move to a different country and Cinderella's tale is told and depicted from the perspective of that country. Seventeen countries are represented in this potluck retelling and the United States portion that is included is from the Appalachia rendition that contributes, "a witch woman came in an ...more
Jun 11, 2017 Jeani rated it really liked it
What a wonderful way to start our Around the World with Cinderella unit! Perfect introduction to thinking about how interacting with another culture changes our own and begins to build common ground. We read it through the first time, as if it were a regular storybook, then read again, slowing to note the country marked on the passage. We'll be re-reading a third time to discuss and compare the passages in detail. Highly recommend.
Feb 08, 2017 Madison rated it really liked it
Such a good variation of Cinderella. It looks at Cinderella in perspective from different countries and cultures around the world.
Rosemary Walter
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2. k-5
3. This is a collection of different cultural versions of Cinderella. There is a Korean Cinderella tale, Mexican, Iraqi and more. Students will enjoy learning about different cultures through a story they already know and love.
4. I thought this was an incredible book. It really is a great way to introduce students to different cultures and countries through a book like this. The Illustrations are stunning and is an easy book to read.
5. Read Aloud
Cultural Study
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written. This experience continued throughout his childhood.
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released
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