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Estrellita de oro / Little Gold Star by Joe Hayes
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Written bilingually in Spanish and English, Estrellita de Oro/Little Gold Star is a Spanish-American tale, very popular in the mountain communities of New Mexico. Unlike popular versions of the Cinderella tale, the main character, Arcía, convinces her father to marry the next door neighbor, Margarita. Shortly thereafter, Margarita and her two daughters move in and treat Arcía poorly. Because of Arcía’s dedication to care for her sheep, a gift from her father, and the kindness that she shows to a hawk, she is rewarded with a gold star on her forehead. Her stepsisters are jealous, and work to earn a gold star from the hawk too, however, because of their rude ways, they are given a donkey ear and a green cow horn to adorn on their foreheads. And like the original fairy tale, Arcía earns her happily ever after with a handsome prince. The pictures, with are full and rich with color, complement the text of the story, at times very hilariously. I read this story after reading another Spanish-American Cinderella tale, Little Gold Star by Robert D. San Souci. The two stories have many parallels and differences. One contrast is that San Souci’s version incorporates some religious elements, such as the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. When sharing Cinderella tales with students, from grades K-5, this would be a great addition to the collection of tales.
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595AJ__Margaret I enjoyed your summary of this book. I am also looking at the Cinderella tales, but don't have any Spanish versions. Please be sure to bring one of these Spanish versions to class. I would love to see how the gold star compares to the glass slipper. Also, I am reading a Caribbean Cinderella by the author San Souci. I wonder how many Cinderella versions he has written.


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