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Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story

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Hace mucho tiempo?a long time ago?there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kind-hearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Puffin Books (first published 2002)
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Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adelita by Tomie dePaola is a Mexican rendition of the classic Cinderella tale. Orphaned at a young age she becomes the stepdaughter of Senora Micaela de la Fortuna and her daughter's Valentina y Dulce. Forced out of her lavish bedroom and into the attic, Adelita seeks refuge in the cocina under the protection of her house keeper and confidante Esperanza. Yet as Adelita becomes more adept in the kitchen, Senora de la Fortuna decides to cut corners, fire Esperanza, and make Adelita into the full ...more

“Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story” is a Mexican retelling of the classic fairytale, “Cinderella” retold by Tomie dePaola and it is about how a poor yet beautiful young woman named Adelita has to suffer the cruelness from her stepmother Senora Micaela de la Fortuna and her two daughters Valentina and Dulce until one night, Adelita hears about the fiesta that the rich family, the Gordillos, were having and she tries everything to go to the fiesta and see the Gordillos’ handsome son, Javier. “Ad
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
In this take of Cinderella, Adelita dreams of meeting her childhood friend at the ball. This Cinderella has a different take on the 'traditional Cinderella' story. It includes some words in Spanish and provides a translation right after. Additionally, at the end of the book it provides a mini glossary on how to say each phrase and what they mean in English.

Some concerns regarding this story are in the differences that could be found. The fairy god mother is actually a woman that has been workin
Mariela Berrocal
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-books
This folk story begins when Francisco and Adela, a married couple, found out they are having a baby. Francisco is delighted by the news. He decides to call for Esperanza, his nana, the lady who take care of him since he was born, so that Esperanza can take care of Adela, the baby, and the house. Esperanza is happy to help. Sadly, short after the baby is born, Adela becomes ill and dies. Esperanza takes care of Adelita, the baby, and loves to do so. After a while, Francisco decides to marry again ...more
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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PreS.-Gr. 2. The Cinderella story gets a new setting in this original fairy tale. DePaola uses all the familiar elements but removes much of the magic, giving this version a realistic patina that in no way diminishes listening enjoyment. Children will recognize Adelita's story: her father's remarriage and death; the cruelty of her stepmother and stepsisters; the longing to go to a ball, and her disappearance from the party. But here, her fairy godmother is a loyal family retainer; t
Nadia Sahar
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-572
Loved it! It perfectly changes the classic Cinderella story from a fantasy to realistic fiction! Adelita is a Mexican Cinderella story with a couple of differences from the actual Cinderella tale. There is lots of Spanish vocabulary (with translation) which can also be taken advantage of. There are many similarities between the two stories, however the substitutions of a fairy godmother to an old loving nanny without the mention of magic, the prince to an old childhood friend and the glass slipp ...more
Katherine Tatum
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story is a folklore picture book that is a rendition of the classic Cinderella. There are many similarities in this story as compared to the classic, such as her mother passes away, her father remarries, and there’s an evil stepmother and stepsisters. The main difference in this story is that there is no magic. I really loved that aspect of this version! There was no glass slipper or fairy godmother, simply a girl who wanted to reconnect with a childhood friend and ...more
Martha Bizzell
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folklore
I picked Adelita by Tomie dePaoloa for my folklore genre GoodReads. After reading it, I thought it would be nice for my Reading Buddy. She marveled at the occasional paired text of English and Spanish! And, she probably enjoyed me stumbling over words she could read so easily. Adelita is a Mexican Cinderella Story with a very thoughtful and kind ending. Adelita shows kindness, love and forgiveness, even after being mistreated. The illustrations are classic Tomie dePaola with crisp lines and brig ...more
Danielle D'Onofrio
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing take on the classic folklore/fairytale of Cinderella! I would read this in a 3rd-4th grade classroom in order to expose my students to Spanish vocabulary! This book is about Adelita, a girl whose mother has passed away and now has an mean stepmother and stepsisters that treat her poorly! Things turn around when she meets her Prince, Senor Javier, and they end up falling in love and living happily ever after! This was a WOW book for me because as I was reading, I could tel ...more
McKenzie Weed
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-335
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story is a wonderful example of a Folklore. This tale is best fit for a 2nd or 3rd grade classroom. This book is about a young girl named Adelita who becomes the household servant after her father dies suddenly. Her step mother forces Adelita to do all the choices and do not allow her to go to the ball. However, Adelita finds a way to go without the help of her step mother and steps sisters.

I would use this folklore as a chance for students to participate in reader'
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Adelita is the Mexican version of the classic Cinderella. Adelita's mother dies as she is giving birth and Adelita father is left being a widower. He brings in his old nanny to help with the house chores and Adelita. All is good until he gets remarried. He marries a mean woman who has two mean daughters. Sadly, Adelita's father dies also leaving Adelita with her stepmother and stepsisters. Her stepmother is especially mean, she makes Adelita work all day. Eventually, her stepmother makes the nan ...more
Margaret Boling
5/12/11 ** I read Adelita aloud in my 4th grade's continuing exploration of variations of the Cinderella story. I made the mistake of reading it cold, with out a recent preview. My Spanish-speaking students had fun listening to me stumble over the Spanish phrases; they also got to tell me the correct pronunciations.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this version is that Adelita took a more active role in catching the prince than in many versions. Adelita's "fairy godmother" is her non-magi
Chantel Nelson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Folklore K-2
Adelita is a great addition to any elementary classroom with its twist on the familiar story of Cinderella. Adelita embraces the hispanic culture with the inclusion of Spanish vocabulary, vibrant colors, and detailed illustration. I think younger students will enjoy a new experience on a classic story.

Students in grades K-2 may learn about cultures around the world. It would be interesting to introduce this book when studying Mexico. This book would be a great addition to a Spanish c
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
Adelita is a cute story about the Mexican version of Cinderella. The bok itself has wonderful Tomie dePaola illustrations and several Spanish phrases and word as well. This story follows the Cinderella plot of the step sisters and step mother mistreating the young Adelita, the Cinderlla of the story. In this story, though, Adelita suffers the loss of her father shorty after marrying and is kicked out of her bedroom and into the attic. Again, we see that an invitation arrives for the girls in the ...more
(NS) Dana
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This version of Cinderlla takes place a long time ago in a Mexican village. There lived a gorgeous girl named Adelita who lost her mother and father. Just like the classic version of Cinderella, Sdelita lives with her evil stepmother and sisters. One day when a young man, Javier, is in look for his wife, Adelita dresses in disguise to attend his fiesta. However, in this Mexican story the twist is that Javier is looking for the identity of his wife with a rebozo-shawl.

It was clear that this stor
Haley Evans
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-wow-books
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story is a folklore text about a little girl living with her father in Mexico. The story is very similar to the Disney Cinderella story, but it is more realistic. There are no fairy god mothers, glass slipper or animals that talk. This story also includes Spanish phrases within the text. I think this is a great story to use with lower grades, like 2nd. I would read this book to my class as a read aloud when covering the folk tales genre. I think that during the read ...more
Katie Miller
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm335
This is a WOW book for me because Cinderella was always my favorite story as a child, and I have recently become more inclined to try reading books in Spanish. This story is about a young Mexican girl named Adelita that has a very similar story to the original Cinderella story, but includes more culture and put into a real life setting. This book would be considered a folklore and would be so amazing to have in classroom for students that are in upper grades but are English language learners. Th ...more
Deena Alzaben
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-335
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story is a folklore that originated in Mexico. This book would be good for students 2-4. The story is very similar to the Disney Cinderella story, but it is more realistic. They do not use magic or a fairy godmother. I love the Disney Cinderella, so reading this book was so enjoyable to see the similarities an Differences between the two stories. I think a lot of students would enjoy it too, especially if they can relate it back to the story they already know. In 3r ...more
Alondra Guijarro
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story is a just like the traditional Cinderella story, but with the Mexican culture. I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the pictures and it went very well with the story. I also liked how they included Spanish vocabulary in the text. It made the story more intriguing.

I would definitely use in this book in classroom. It would be a good book to use when doing a lesson on the Mexican culture. Most children will be familiar with the Cinderella story so reading o
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Adelita was quite a story to read. It retells the story of Cinderella, but in Mexican approach. Throughout the story, a few statements were said in spanish, but rephrased in english. The illustrations in this book blow me away and are probably one of the better ones I've seen. Every page is detailed, the colors used reflected to the Mexican culture, which makes the reading experience well. The story is sad where she has to deal with her stepmother and eventually she kicks her out. The ending is ...more
Selene Vasquez
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adelita is a mexican version of Cinderella! The story is very similar to the original story being that she is left with an evil stepmother and two evil step sisters. It also ends with a happy ending like the original cinderella. I enjoyed reading this book because they modified it to the mexican culture. I love that the author elimanated the "magic" from original cinderella into a more realistic fairytale. I also really like that instead of her having a fairy god mother she has a Esperanza which ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Cinderella with a Mexican twist. After her father dies, Adelita is left to live with her stepmother and stepsisters. Adelita's housekeeper takes on the role of the fairy godmother. The housekeeper makes sure that the girl has something to wear to the party to honor a wealthy family's son name Javier. Attending this fiesta will soon change her life and she will meet her true love. The book uses Spanish phrases throughout the book and even translates it for non-Spanish speakers. The illust ...more
This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story. I liked how there was no magic involved and Cinderella had to use her wits and the help of her godmother (I'm assuming that was what she was). I would probably recommend, especially if you were a fan of fairytale retellings.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is how you retell a fairy tale into a different culture than it originated from. I've read several children's books now that depict art from a different culture than the fairy tale, but make no changes to the story, so that the setting makes no sense. But dePaola changes the story to honor Mexican culture. I loved the integration of Spanish, the nanny Esperanza. The art is perfect. ...more
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
No fairy godmothers or magic slippers here. I really enjoyed this Mexican Cinderella Tale. The plot sounds familiar but it removes the fantasy and adds it's own unique twist. ...more
Stephanie Lingenfelter
I like the twist on Cinderella.
Michael Fitzgerald
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The constant interrupting of the flow of the story by inserting translations of various Spanish words and phrases into English makes this awkward.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think I'm becoming a feminist in my old age. Why do they all so desperately need a man? ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
Adelita is a “Mexican Cinderella Story”. This book is reviewed on Kirkus Reviews, and I accessed the e-book through Libby. The book shares the same basic plot as the French Cinderella story by Perrault that we all know and love. The only differences are a few key details (no glass slipper, no carriage, etc…) and the names and details are changed to reflect the Mexican setting. Adelita (as Cinderella) is put in an unfortunate circumstance when her father remarries the mean and cold-hearted Senora ...more
Pamela Delgado Acosta
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this story is not your typical "Cinderella story" there is no fairy godmother, or animals that can talk and turn into carriges. In this story is about a little girl that her mother passes away shortly after she was born and a few years later her father remarries and passes away as well. She is left with her stepmother, two stepsisters and Esperanza the maid. Her step mother sees no need to keep Esperanza the maid so she fires her. Adelita is now left to do all the house work on her own. She o ...more
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) was best known for his books for children.

He had a five-decade writing and illustrating career during which he published more than 270 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the New

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