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Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

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A Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team brings us a Caribbean Cinderella story, told from the perspective of the magical godmother.

You may think you already know this story about a beautiful servant girl, a cruel stepmother, a magnificent ball, and a lost slipper. But you’ve never heard it for true.

Now you can hear the tale from someone who was there: a poor washerwoma
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Aladdin (first published September 1st 1999)
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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 re
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.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairy-Tale Lovers / Readers Interested in Martiniquais Folklore
Cendrillon suffers under the hand of her cruel stepmother in this Caribbean Cinderella story, set on Martinique. Narrated by Cendrillon's godmother, the narrative here describes how the eponymous young girl is dressed in tatters and made to work, when her lazy stepsister is given everything. When a ball is given for the handsome Paul, the son of the wealthy Monsieur Thibault, Cendrillon longs to attend, and her godmother makes it possible, through the use of the magic wand she inherited from her ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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.
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I need everyone to stop with what you are doing and read this beautiful and cultural story of an iconic classic of Cinderella. Except this is the Caribbean version! :)

I read this book in the 4th grade as it was featured in our textbook and I loved everything that dealt with fairy tales back then so I was hooked on it from the beginning. Until I started noticing the differences that I was a bit disappointed but reading it now felt amazi
Kayla Rhome
Plot Summary
-This traditional literature tale based off of Cinderella is the Caribbean tale written by Robert D. San Douci. This tale is told in the perspective of a poor washerwoman who looks after a young girl named Cendrillon. Cendrillon lives with her father’s new wife and her two daughters. Her stepmother works her very hard and always makes Cendrillon do the work. Nothing was easy for Cendrillon at home, but she always had a smile that lit up the sky and everyone loved her, except her step
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
"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
Melissa Powers
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
There is so many versions of Cinderella. Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella written by Robert D. San Souci and was published in 1998. It is similar to the "original" Cinderella that we are all aware of. This version does have a few twists. Cendrillon makes sure to adjust the Cinderella story to the Caribbean culture. This version is told by a narrator, who is the caretaker of Cendrillon. We are introduced to this narrator early in the story because we learn a little bit of her life living in pov ...more
" Cendrillon A Caribbean Cinderella" by Robert D. San Souci illustrated by Brian Pinkney this story is very non traditional from the Disney Cinderella..The author tells the story from the first person. The author focuses on telling the real version of Cinderella it a story based on a beautiful servant girl. The story is told from the perspective of the grandmother.For the most part it follows the classic fairytale ,but the author includes Creole language and the context may be difficult for chil ...more
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: caribbean, 2009, childrens
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.
L-Crystal Wlodek
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Cendrillion by Robert D. San Souci is a story that is another version of Cinderella. Cendrillion worked as a washerwoman, who scrubbed other people's sheets and shirts. She heard of a ball Paul was hosting in search for a beautiful wife. When the nani helped her to magically get ready and go to the ball, everyone's eyes came to her attention only and thought she was the most beautiful lady in the ball. Paul (prince) came to her and they danced, showing their love as they danced in the middle of ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
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
(NS) Dana
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Cendrillon is the Creole version of the classic Cinderella fairy tale told through the narration of the kindly Fairy Godmother character. Cendrillon's mother died at a young age and her father remarries a woman. After the woman has a daughter, Cendrillon is treated very poorly and relegated to the position of being a maid. Cendrillon's Fairy Godmother works her magic so Cendrillon can atttend the ball that's a prominent part of this fairy tale. The story follows the traditional plot in which Cen ...more
Jessica Hanley
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Lauren Paravate
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
Summary: In this Caribbean version of the classic story of Cinderella, we follow another author's version of their "Cendrillon" finding her Prince Charming. The story sticks to the classic tale, but adds in French Creole terms to tie it to their heritage.

Evaluation: I liked this take on the story. I had never heard another version of the story until I read this one and I thought it was interesting to hear the differences between the two storylines.

Teaching Idea: For this story I would use the bo
Selene Vasquez
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cendrillon is a Caribbean version of Cinderella! Cendrillon's plot is pretty much the same as the original cinderella BUT this story is told by the god mother which makes it interesting! Both characters have an amazon bond in this story and it is nice reading a "Cinderella" story from a different point of view!
Oct 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Michael Fitzgerald
Use of Creole vocabulary feels forced. Pictures are nice.
Joseph Angel
“Cendrillon” written by Robert San Souci and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is an illustrated picture book that tells the French-Creole version of Cinderella. The book was written in 1998 and I was able to access the hard-cover copy of the text.

The story follows Cendrillon, who is a housekeeper for a wealthy family. After suffering for much of her life, her godmother helps Cendrillon attend a ball that she had been dreaming of attending. The godmother uses a wand of mahogany to make a ball gown, s
Patricia Reyes
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
I gave it 3 stars because it was just a re-hashed version of the original Cinderella. All were the same except a few things here and there but it was the same. What was dramatically different was the setting and the color of the characters. Cendrillon has an awful stepmother, a half-sister that is not really described too much in the story, a fairy-god mother who happens to be another servant in the house. What is different does add a little bit more intrigue to the original tale. I liked that t ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
Cindrillon A Caribbean Cinderella is a picture book that illustrates the beautiful Cinderella version from the Caribbean. It is told in first person and has elements of magic. There are several French Creole words and phrases inserted throughout the text. This gives the story a deep French Caribbean feel to it. The illustrations do a fascinating job representing the society and people of the Caribbean.
The book will appeal to younger students and is written at a second or third grade level and b
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Caribbean Cinderella retelling from the perspective of the fairy godmother. The story is fairly straight forward, but I loved the illustrations.
Alyssa Heun
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
I located this book from my local library, using the online database. The author/illustrator team is a Caldecott honoree and Américas Award Honorable Mention 1998

Before the story even begins, a page introduces the story saying “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 the truth of it. Here. Now”. This page builds suspense for the reader, which opens the story being told in the first person by a poor washerwoman who
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A charming Caribbean version of the Cinderella story. My princess-obsessed kindergartener was all about it.
Joe Bertelloni
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Traditional Literature, Diversity

Copyright Date: 1998

Estimate of age level of interest: K-3rd Grade

Estimate of reading level: 3rd-4th grade

Brief description:
Cendrillon is a Creole version of the traditional children’s fairy tale Cinderella. However, instead of being set in Europe, it is set on a French Caribbean island. Cendrillon finds herself at odds with her new stepmother and stepsister after the death of her mother and her father’s r
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

San Souci, Robert. Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella (1998). “Cendrillon” is a Carribean version of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. It is very similar to the traditional storyline of Cinderella although this version is told from the godmother’s perspective. Cendrillon’s mother passes away shortly after giving birth to her. Her father remarries and has another daughter named Vitaline. The stepmom makes Cendrillon work like a servant and favors her own daughter over her. When Cendrillon
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