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Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie
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Feb 08, 2010

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"Be sure you do not lose your golden shoes," said the spirit of the bones. This story of Cinderella is based from a story passed on by generations in China. The main character is named Yeh-shen who lives with her awful stepmother after her father passes away. Ed Young continues the tradition of a mean step mother but this Cinderella only has one sister. Instead of a fairy godmother, Yeh-shen meets an old man when she is in despair. The text is ideal for a 3rd or 4th grader. The pages are formed into to panels. Watercolors illustrate the story of a young girl in search of love.A student will be surprised of the differences in this story but it still carries the underlining meaning of the traditional text.
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Jennifer I agree that this book is better with older elementary students. It is amazing to think about how old the story truly is. It would definitely be a great part of a study of the different versions of Cinderella.

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