Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
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Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

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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...more
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.
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...more
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.
Cheryl in CC NV
Ah, so Jerry Pinkney's son is keeping up the good work. Yay! This French Creole version is a wonderful adaptation of the Perrault classic - not as different as, say, the Chinese Fur Slipper. Good author's note and glossary. *Not* just for die-hard completists and scholars, but for anyone who wants to inoculate youth against Disney's versions. Still, I think my favorite so far is Cinder Edna.
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...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...more
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...more
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
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...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.
I like that this is a Caribbean version and Brian Pinkney's illustrations, but really, do you have to have the words "love fire" in a children's book? That's just asking me to burst out laughing in the middle of reading to my students.
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella By Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Ages 5-10
Picture Book

Cendrillon is a retelling of Cinderella based around the French Creole adaptation. The story is familar, yet made exotic and engaging being set on a Caribbean island. The author, Robert D. San Souci, has decided to tell the story from the first person point of view of Cendrillon's godmother. The godmother was left a magic wand of mah...more
NS-Christine Johnson
This Cinderella story is told from the perspective of the godmother, who is a washerwoman. Cendrillon grows up on an island in the Caribbean Sea. When she was a baby, her mother was very sick, and the washerwoman helped to nurse her. Cendrillon's mother named the washerwoman as Cendrillon's godmother because of her kindness.

When Cendrillon's father remarries, his new wife puts Cendrillon to work. She is forced to do all of the washing and scrubbing. When it is announced that there will be a ball...more
Cendrillon, by Robert San Souci, is a Caribbean version of the Cinderella story. Although the story follows the traditional Cinderella theme, it is told with love from the perspective of Cendrillon’s godmother. In this version of the story, Cendrillon’s godmother is a poor washerwoman from the island of Martinique. The godmother leads a difficult life with her only joy being the love that she has for her goddaughter. The godmother has in her possession a magic wand that can only be used to help...more
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella is a retelling of the classic Cinderella tale with a Caribbean twist. The narrator, the fairy godmother, who was given the power to help another but not herself, uses her abilities for the first time to help Cendrillon. All of the traditional Cinderella story elements are there as well: the wicked mother and sisters, forcing work on Cendrilon, the ball, the prince and the shoe. But there are some new elements as well. The fairy godmother goes along to the ball,...more
I loved how it was told from the godmother's point of view. She wasn't a fairy but she had a magical wand she inherited from her mother. The use of language was very casual which made it seem like someone was telling you a story instead of reading it from a book. This is true to the characteristics of traditional literature as it mirrors the original way these stories were told. The story line follows the same plot as Cinderella but there are many interesting characteristics are that are used th...more
Corena Fitch
“Cendrillon” is a Caribean variation of the typical “Cinderella” story. Cendrillon is a story of a girl whose mom died when she was just a baby. Her papa remarries to a cold, proud woman. She becomes the typical stepmother character, making her do all the chores and treating her like a slave while her own child is spoiled. There is a poor washer woman, Cendrillon’s mothers nurse before she died, that loves Cendrillon as if she was her own child. She has to watch helplessly by as Cendrillon is m...more
Jasmine Howard
The novel Cendrillon A Carribean Cinderella was told from the Creole tradition of Cinderella and was told from the point of view of Cendrillon's godmother. The story begins with Cendrillon's godmother giving the readers insight about where she lives and her job title,and how she is poor and that her mother died and left her a wand to find love but she felt as if it were no good for her because she was an orphane starving and no man would love her. Cendrillon's mothr became ill and gave her daugh...more
Pamela Howard
This remarkable narrative which is a rendition of Cinderella is a West Indian version about a poor Creole woman who is unable to have children, and has become fond of young girl named Cendrillon whom she is hired to care for. Cendrillon’s mother has passed and has of course been replaced with a wicked step mother who has a wicked daughter. San Souci cleverly intertwines this Cinderella story with French Creole dialogue, true occupations of black West Indian people within a time of oppression, an...more
This Cinderella story is a beautiful piece of artwork from award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney . The story is taken from a French Creole tale, but author Robert D. San Souci changed it quite a bit and this one is told through the voice of the godmother, who is a poor “blanchisseuse” –a washerwoman who receives a special wand from her dying mother. She is instructed to use it only to help someone she loves. As the story is told, she becomes the godmother of a special baby who turns out to be...more
There are lots of cultures that tell the tale of Cinderella. This is the Caribbean version. This is a story about finding family and love. Cendrillon's story begins by talking about her godmother who took care of her parents house. Her mother passes away but before she dies she asks the housemaid to look after her little girl. Cendrillon's father remarries a much a younger woman. They have another child and Cendrillon is forgotten about. Her godmother listen's to her mother and cares for Cendril...more
joanna Sondheim
Robert D. San Souci re-telling of the Creole tale of Cendrillon is illustrated with rich and appealing pictures by Brian Pinkney. The story is told from the godmother's perspective, a choice made by San Souci, and explained in a detailed and useful author's note as being made because "she seemed a natural storyteller for a narrative that grows out of Creole oral tradition." The choice is a good one, and makes a sympathetic and humorous narrator (she's most interested as Cendrillon's chaperon to...more
Sandi Rossman
I reviewed this book for the folktale category (picture book assignment). The source was the textbook for this course: The Joy of Children's Literature, Second Edition, by Denise Johnson on page 127.

This retelling of the Cinderella story has a twist: the narrator is the fairy godmother. This gives the reader a different perspective of a well-known story. This story's fairy godmother is a poor, hardworking woman who must figure out how to help a mistreated Cendrillon attend a ball she was forbidd...more
Brittany Davis
Picture Book Log
Title: Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
Author: Robert D. San Souci
Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
Category: Folktale
Source: Textbook page 127

As I worked for a few years in the Caribbean I was immediately attracted to this book by the title. I have also been to Martinique, which is a French beautiful island where most people speak Creole. One of my favorite aspects of this book is how the copyright page is at the back and the very first page is of the grandmother saying, you might thi...more
This is a fun version of Cinderella. I love the fact that the fairy godmother loves to eat. It is a fun way to learn about new cultures.The illustrations and the language all contribute to a new view on a familiar classic story that engages the reader completely.
I would use this story in a multicultural unit on Cinderella.Students will read a different version of Cinderella each day and keep a journal about their thoughts and constructive thinking.
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