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Estrellita de oro / Little Gold Star: A Cinderella Cuento

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Ages 4-8. Hayes, a veteran folklorist, offers an engaging telling of Cinderella that is popular in the mountain communities of New Mexico. There are some significant variations that add depth to the story, making it in many ways more interesting than the original...The English text, which is made full-bodied by its many details, appears with a Spanish translation. The impr ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Cinco Puntos Press
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Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Folklore Enthusiasts / Readers Interested in Cinderella Stories
Presented in both English and Spanish, this folktale from New Mexico follows the story of Arcía, the kindhearted daughter of a widowed sheepherder. Convincing her father to marry their neighbor, also widowed, she soon regrets the change in her familiar circumstances, as Margarita begins to mistreat her, and to favor her own biological daughters. When her sheep's wool is stolen by a hawk one day, while she is washing it at the local stream, Arcía's politeness to the avian thief wins her a reward, ...more
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aubree Cheek
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A typical Cinderella story plot, but with a Hispanic twist. Side by side Spanish and English, with Hispanic culture tying in to the style and characters. Illustrations are entertaining, and kids will enjoy flipping through. Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade
Diana Valdivia-Rodriguez
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
“Estrellita de oro/Little Gold Star” is a Spanish version of Cinderella. On each page of this book, the text is written in both English and Spanish. This book tells the story of a young women, Arcía, and her experiences as her father marries Margarita. Arcía now has two step sisters, who are treated far better than she is. Arcía’s father brings home three sheep, for the three daughters. Arcía takes great care of her sheep, and due to her kindness, is rewarded with a gold star on her forehead. He ...more
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Arcia begs her father to marry their kind neighbor, Margarita, now that Arcia’s mother has passed on. At first Arcia’s father is hesitant because he believes Margarita will change from kind to mean; although, he eventually gives in to his daughter’s pleading and marries Margarita. However, just as Arcia’s father predicted, while he is away in the mountains tending his sheep, Margarita becomes mean and treats Arcia poorly. Arcia is even forced to give up her room and sleep in the kitc
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional
This Cinderella cuento has been retold by Joe Hayes who has tried to include many of the details from the original told in the mountain communities of New Mexico. In this version, the story is told in Spanish and English in a parallel format with a distinctly contemporary tone supported by the vibrant illustrations. Some fascinating contrasts are that Arcia, the Cinderalla character, urges her father to marry the neighbor who eventually becomes the wicked character. A hawk is the "helper" who as ...more
Like the The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story, this one starts out with the daughter begging him to marry and the father warning her that stepmothers often turn mean.

The twists of what happens made this a fun read. According to the author's notes, this is a blending of multiple local versions of the tale. He blended them into one he was comfortable telling. There are multiple versions of this tale, most with the girl receiving a gold star on her forehead.

I loved the rhyme at the
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Very similar to the well-known story of "Cinderella." It had different names and slightly different details than “Cinderella,” but had the same story line and idea.

Evaluation: I loved how they had the Spanish version and the the English version next to each other so you can read the original with the other. It was really cool to be able to compare the two. I also liked how the story wasn’t exactly like the Cinderella story that we know so well.

Teaching Idea: You can teach your student
Cayla Caudillo
School Library Journal Review: "The telling, in both English and a charming colloquial Spanish, is crisp, lively and individual… The unique flavor of this retelling from the American Southwest makes this not only a good introduction to the teller’s art, but also an engaging entrée into Hispanic culture. An engaging telling of 'Cinderella' … in many ways more interesting than the original."

Recommendation: I would recommend this book for elementary grades, Kindergarten through second. I loved th
This Cinderella tale is very popular in the mountain communities of New Mexico. Arcia’s father marries the next door neighbor, Margarita. Margarita has two daughters. Arcia is rewarded for her kindness with a gold star and Margarita’s daughters are jealous. The daughters are rude and do not get a gold star. The story ends with Arcia marrying a prince just like Cinderella. Arcia does not go to a ball, like Cinderella. She sits by a window and the prince sees her and falls in love with her. It is ...more
Destiny Alicea
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-261
This book is based on the folk tale Cinderella, but with a heritage Hispanic twist in the midst of it. The Hispanic culture is seen throughout the story and the bilingual language being used in clearly seen. Being a bilingual book, it can be used within a dual language or English only classroom. Recommended for early education students.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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3.75 stars A very interesting tale of the Hispanic Cinderella. It is interesting that each cultures has an indigenous version of this story. In the authors notes, the author discussions some traditional versions on the story and the modifications he made. It is also written in Spanish and English. Perfect for those students in Dual Immersion.
Barbara Lovejoy
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I especially like this Cindrella book because it is bilingual (Spanish/English). It is also a great story and is another book I bought with the money donated by one of Esperanza board members--Marty Banks. It will be a fun one to have in our Esperanza library.
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Lovely story and beautiful illustrations
Sep 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Laugh-out-loud fun morality tale.
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Designated New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Learning (1979).

Joe was the youngest of five children. His father loved to tell stories. The family moved to Arizona where Joe learned to speak Spanish which became an integral part of his storytelling and writing.

In 1979, he began to devote himself full time to sharing stories. He focuses on elementary school audiences

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