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Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  983 ratings  ·  115 reviews
You may think you know this story I am going to tell you, but you have not heard it for true. I was there. So I will tell you the truth of it. Here. Now.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Aladdin (first published 1997)
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I have read many different versions of “Cinderella” during my time, but this is the first time I have heard of a Caribbean version of the classic fairy tale! “Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella” is a unique retelling of the classic fairy tale by Robert D. San Souci along with illustrations by Brian Pinkney and it is about a young woman named Cendrillon who, with the help of her godmother, tries to go to the ball to meet the handsome prince! “Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella” is a brilliant ret
An entertaining and interesting retelling of Cinderella with a Caribbean flare. The French-Creole vocabulary is used skillfully; fits with the flow of the story rather than being frustrating or jarring. The glossary in the back explains anything that one couldn't gather via context. Also appreciated the story being told from the Godmother's point-of-view; a charming variation and I liked that she and Cindrillon had a long-established bond.
" Cendrillon A Caribbean Cinderella" by Robert D. San Souci illustrated by Brian Pinkney this story is very non traditional from the Disney Cinderella..The author tells the story from the first person. The author focuses on telling the real version of Cinderella it a story based on a beautiful servant girl. The story is told from the perspective of the grandmother.For the most part it follows the classic fairytale ,but the author includes Creole language and the context may be difficult for chil ...more
I like this version of Cinderella because the "bad" people aren't associated with being "ugly" and being pretty doesn't make you the good one. Yes, Cinderella is beautiful in her dress, but there's no emphasis on ugly step sisters or step mother. The step mother is "puffed up proud" because of her family's origins, which I would actually consider to be a "flaw" in a person. Being ugly isn't a character flaw. That's what really bugs me about most Cinderella stories.

Also, the godmother is a person
This is a very interesting take on CINDERELLA.

What I enjoyed as much as the Caribbean take and flavor, was the the story was told from the perspective of the godmother. Here, she's not so much a fairy, and a kindly lady in Cendrillon's life, who has inherited a magic rod of wood.

I liked the way elements of the traditional tale were woven in, and I liked how the author seamlessly wove in his won take.
Cendrillon is the Creole version of the classic Cinderella fairy tale told through the narration of the kindly Fairy Godmother character. Cendrillon's mother died at a young age and her father remarries a woman. After the woman has a daughter, Cendrillon is treated very poorly and relegated to the position of being a maid. Cendrillon's Fairy Godmother works her magic so Cendrillon can atttend the ball that's a prominent part of this fairy tale. The story follows the traditional plot in which Cen ...more
Cendrillon, written by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, is the Caribbean version of the classic tale Cinderella. The narrator of the story is a poor washerwoman who works for Cendrillon's family. She is also the godmother of Cendrillon, chosen by Cendrillon's kind mother before she passed away.

The plot of the story does not vary much from the original Cinderella story we all know so well. The differences are in the details. For example, a fruit à pain, or breadfruit, was pi
Cendrillion by Robert D. San Souci is a story that is another version of Cinderella. Cendrillion worked as a washerwoman, who scrubbed other people's sheets and shirts. She heard of a ball Paul was hosting in search for a beautiful wife. When the nani helped her to magically get ready and go to the ball, everyone's eyes came to her attention only and thought she was the most beautiful lady in the ball. Paul (prince) came to her and they danced, showing their love as they danced in the middle of ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens, caribbean
This is a wonderful version of Cinderella, told with a Caribbean flair and incorporates West Indian culture and costumes. Our girls really enjoyed this story.
"Cendrillion" is a Caribbean twist on the classic Cinderella story. This version tells the story of a poor washer-woman and her god daughter, Cendrillion. The story takes place on the island of Martinique. For the most part it follows the classic fairytale, but the author includes the beautiful Creole language and a few details that pay tribute to the Caribbean culture.

Pinkney's illustrations for this book are breathtaking and vibrant! I believe he used both scratchboard and watercolor to compl
L-Crystal Wlodek
Cendrillon is a French Creole adaptation of the traditional Cinderella set in the Caribbean as is recommended for children in kindergarten through third grade. The story is told in first person, from the point of view of Cendrillon's godmother. The story is quite different from the traditional tale. Cendillion’s godmother has a magic wand made of mahogany, which she can only use to help someone she truly loves. Her godmother uses the wand to make Cendrillon a beautiful gown and carriage so she c ...more
(NS) Dana
This version of Cinderella is told from the perspective of a Caribbean fairy godmother. This poor washerwoman's one main passion and love is her goddaughter Cendrillon. Cendrillon becomes heartbroken over a rich man, but with her godmother determination and magical wand that was left for her, she is able to give Cendrillion the gift of a life changing love.

I really enjoyed reading this Caribean version of Cinderella. It was written with romance and passion, truly capturing my attention. I thoug
Jessica Hanley
This story is a version on Cinderella that is based on the French Creole tale "Cendrillion". This version is told from the viewpoint of the "fairy" godmother, and the change in point of view offers new insights into the tale. After visiting New Orleans, I became interested in the Creole and Cajun cultures, so this book seemed like a perfect fit. This story easily crossed cultures, and the author did a nice jon of weaving in elements that made the story more true to its revised setting. Both the ...more
Kimberly Ehrlich
Cendrillon is a more classic remake of the Cinderella story told from a Caribbean perspective. Notable differences are some of the objects that are magically turned into ways to get to the ball. In addition names have been changed and the traditional dress includes a head piece. The book uses some French Creole phrases that are then translated at the end of the book. However, as compared with some other cultural retellings, magic is included in this book, there is a party with dancing and a miss ...more
Emily Wright
Personal Reaction - This is such a cool book! I had never heard of this version of Cinderella, so it was interesting to see the differences between the American version that I know, and the Caribbean Cinderella. Definitely will be putting this one in my classroom.

Purpose - This would be a great book to read aloud to younger students who are being introduced to folk literature from different countries. This has strong literary elements has complex and simple characters that are easy to distinguis
Courtney Weber
I really enjoyed this variant of Cinderella entitled Cendrillon. It was very similar except for a fairy godmother there was a woman who helped Cendrillon get to the Ball with a magic wand of mahogany. Also, Cendrillon wore pink slippers with red roses and not glass slippers. Everything else was about the same. I loved the illustrations and the beautiful vibrant dresses that all of the characters wore. I think that this would be a good read aloud if the teacher read Cinderella first. The students ...more
Samantha Powley
Cendrillion: A Caribbean Cinderella was written by Robert San Souci. The story is a spinoff of the original Cinderella story. The story is told by her godmother named Nannin. Nannin takes care of Cendrillion after her mother becomes ill and passes away. Cendrillion’s father remarries and has another daughter with his new wife. Her stepmother is very harsh towards her and expects her to take care of everything. She doesn’t treat her right at all and tells her she is not allowed to go to the birth ...more
This is one of many cultural versions about Cinderella told around the world. Cendrillon is narrated by the godmother in the story and her name is Nannin. Nannin’s mother left her a mahogany magical wand with powers to turn everyday items into something beautiful. Nannin took care of Cendrillon and her ill mother. Cendrillon’s mother asked Nannin to be her daughter’s godmother before she died and she accepted. Cendrillon’s Papa remarried and had another daughter with his new wife. Cendrillon was ...more
In this Caribbean version of Cinderella, the story is told from the godmother's perspective. Cendrillon's mother passes away after giving birth to her. Her father married again, but this lady did not have any other daughters. Together they had one other girl whose name was Vitaline. Madame (her step mother) of course works Cendrillon like she is a servant girl and favors her own daughter over her. Cendrillon's godmother helps her get to the ball, changing breadfruit into a carriage, agoutis int ...more
Malaika Hopson
Cendrillon is a French Creole adaptation of the traditional Cinderella set in the Caribbean. This book is considered both a Fairy Tale and Folk Tale. The story is told from the point of view of Cendrillon's godmother. The story is quite different from the traditional tale of Cinderella. However, the story ends as always with the prince and Cendrillon getting married and living happily ever after. This story is a heartwarming story filled with the themes of love, romance, and passion. This story ...more
Mackenzie Sipes
Reaction: I really enjoyed this variant of Cinderella. The pictures were colorful and nice to look at while reading this story. My favorite thing was the perspective of the "godmother". I have read a few other variants and there was not one like this. I think it brought a new perspective to the classic tale Cinderella.

Independent: I would recommend this to a child that is in first or second grade. It has unique vocabulary that is also age appropriate. I think girls would especially enjoy this st
Kari Martycz
Robert Souci and Brian Pickney's version of Cinderella, takes place in the Caribbean. The narrator receives a magical mahogany wand. One women that she worked for had a baby named Cendrillon, who's father remarried another women after her mother passed away. Cendrillon is made the servant of the house because a new baby is born. The prince of the area is having a birthday party, and Cendrillon wants to go, but isn't allowed to because of her stepmother. The "Fairy Godmother" turned breadfruit in ...more
I loved this book. The illustrations show movement and are vibrant and alive. I enjoyed all the colors used but it wasn't to the extreme that some Caribbean books over do it on. The story in itself was obviously based on the Cinderella story but what I enjoyed about this book was that it wasn't so cut and dry or black and white as with other Cinderella stories. Her step family wasn't ugly, they weren't just bad people. The godmother wasn't some fairy who popped out of nowhere. Cendrillon knew he ...more
Courtney Dyer
Cendrillon is a unique yet familiar retelling of a classic fairy tale with a little French Creole pizzazz! Told from the godmother’s point of view, we learn the truth of this Cinderella-like story set in the Caribbean Islands.

Nannin’ grew up poor and lost her mother when she was just a child. Before her mother died, she left her with a magical wand of mahogany to use on someone she loved. She became a blanchisseuse (washerwoman) and later became the godmother to a baby girl named Cendrillon for
Ariel Smith
I really enjoyed this book because while keeping some of the elements of the traditional “Cinderella”, it incorporated a awesome twist to the story. Having the story told from the narrator who acts as the role model or even “fairy godmother” instead of "Cinderella" gave an interesting vantage point. The story uses love and a magic wand as the magical powers within this fairy tale and provides one of the most important themes for a child to learn, that love can conquer all and with love you can d ...more
Selene Vasquez
Cendrillon is a Caribbean version of Cinderella! Cendrillon's plot is pretty much the same as the original cinderella BUT this story is told by the god mother which makes it interesting! Both characters have an amazon bond in this story and it is nice reading a "Cinderella" story from a different point of view!
Audrie Estrada
Personal reaction: I loved this book because it is similar to the story we know as Cinderella. It has some tweaks to it but thats what makes it so interesting. I think its really cool how its told from the point of view being the "fairy godmother" and it has a typical take away theme of love conquers all or with love anything is possible.

use in the classroom/Purpose:
read aloud: this would be a great read aloud because this is a good book to introduce variants and how stories can be similar but h
Apr 02, 2015 Annie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cinderella fans
Recommended to Annie by: My professor
This is another book I read for my children's literature class. I really did love San Souci's take on the tale. I really liked the 'fairy godmother' how she was from a humble background like Cendrillon. I like how the language (as far as I know) was kept true to it's origins. And I adored the illustrations, they are beautiful. From the point of view of someone judging weather or not to read this to a child or give it to a beginning reader; if I had a child I'd love to read her Cendrillon the col ...more
Written by Robert D. San Souci (who also wrote Cinderella Skeleton), another great Cinderella variation. The bold, colorful illustrations catch the eye. A pronunciation guide and glossary is included in the back for the French words that appear in the story.
Dec 03, 2007 Alida rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: k-3
Shelves: folklore
Great version of Cinderella. It is told from the "fairy godmother's" point o view. It is set in the Caribbean. I really enjoyed the illustrations. Great use of colors. I would like to do a unit on different Cinderella stories like we did in class.
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