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Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie
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Oct 02, 10

bookshelves: traditional-literature
Read in October, 2010

This story is a Cinderella story from China. It is said that this story originated and can be traced back to 9BC. This story is about a girl who's stepmother overworks here. Her only friend is a fish. The stepmother then kills the fish for dinner and now the girl only has the bones of her beloved fish. The bones are really filled with magical spirit. She is forbidden to go to the annual spring festival. She is granted a gown and golden slippers. This is the part that is similar to the European version of I know. Where the two versions differ is where Yeh Shen earns her wishes through a kind fish. This is very different from the European version in which Cindrella is just given her wishes come true. I enjoyed this version of Cinderella and love the message it sends to readers. I think this story and the European version would be great to use in the classroom.
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