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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 complete the illustrations The colors and textures add to the fairytale and also allow readers to visualize the cultural aspect of this book Each page has a detailed illustration that brings the words to life The illustrations also help to explain some of the Creole language, which might be new to many reading this book This would be a great book to use with any kids from ages kindergarten fourth grade One neat text feature of this book is that it includes a glossary in the back of the book to explain all of the Creole French terms that are used to tell the story It is told from the God Mother s point of view and this adds an interesting element to this version of the classic Cinderella tale It would be great to use it in a Fairy Tale Unit Students would have an opportunity to compare and contrast this version with other variants of the Cinderella story It also provides students will an opportunity to learn about the Caribbean culture and language I would also recommend sharing the author s note in the back of the book with any readers It gives important background knowledge and explanations behind this story. To check out my reviews 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 amazing and a fresh of breath air for a classic story Everyone on the planet knows the story of Cinderella, there s Disney s versions, films, musicals, books, and cartoons that illustrate this classic My favorite version of Cinderella is the Whitney Houston and Brandy version of the Musical.We meet the narrator of the story which is godmother of Cendrillon When the narrator mothers passed away, she gave her this magic wand that could change objects from one thing to another but the big catch is you can only use the magic for someone you love She took care of this friend who has a daughter named Cendrillon and when the mother passed away in many ways the godmother takes care of Cendrillon from afar.Cendrillon gets a new stepmother and she is awful and the interesting aspect is the father lets the abuse because he is afraid of his new wife Um The question that pops in my head is then WHY DID YOU MARRY HER He never dies in the book which I found to be a huge difference in the book and a bit sad that you don t have the courage to stand up and defend your daughter.Cendrillon is treated as a slave and while that may seem tragic she never lets the pain and frustration get personal and enjoys life to the fullest Then one day the godmother makes the connection that Cendrillon is not acting like herself and figures out that there s a special birthday party ball for Monsieur Thibault s son Paul tonight They are not royalty but Monsieur Thibault is one of the richest man in the island.Cendrillon family doesn t permit her to attend the ball but the godmother makes the connection that she can finally use the magic wand to help her godchild When everyone in Cendrillon household leaves to the party, the godmother uses her magic and creates a phenomenal carriage and a beautiful gown for Cendrillon and both head to the party.The illustrations are one of the best I have ever seen in a children s book and make the magic and beauty of both the Carribean and Cendrillon story to pop out with color and her dress is spectacular in the illustrations better than the Disney animated version.Plus I love the aspect that the godmother is always watching over Cendrillon and by attending the ball she doesn t appear like this crazy woman who popped out of nowhere and has magical powers I do not know for other cultures but especially the Hispanic community, most huge parties that are celebrated in someone s household, if a girl that hasn t reached the age of 18 and wants to attend she cannot go by herself It seems impolite, prevents the girl to be alone with a boy, and poor manners on the parents part I can only speak for the Cuban side and I ve seen this happen countless times in my upbringing.This story reminded me a lot of the movie Ever After with Drew Barry I used to watch it countless times as a child and I believe because it was a Cinderella story I was just entranced with real people What I loved about that movie is the magic aspect doesn t exist so she gets caught when she attends the party I had the same feeling and I thought Cendrillon would get caught at the ball but I believe since she never cleaned herself up and put makeup and all the beautiful aspect of getting dressed up, it possible that her family didn t recognize her or they were suspicious as to who is this beautiful woman who walked in.You know the rest of the story of Cinderella so there isn t much left to explain Midnight comes and all the magic disappears Surprisingly the slippers don t revert back to its original state and Paul makes the decision that he will search for this girl and marry her I love how the author made the reference to the original story and in many ways insulted it at the same time When the stepsister is trying on the slipper, the godmother says maybe if you cut of her toes it will finally fit and the stepmother gave a look that could kill I was laughing immediately because that s the original story of Cinderella Once Cendrillon tries on the slippers they get married, lived Happily Ever After, The End. #READ DOWNLOAD Ê Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella ó 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 TrueNow You Can Hear The Tale From Someone Who Was There A Poor Washerwoman From The Island Of Martinique She Has Just One Thing In The World To Love, Her Goddaughter Cendrillon When She Finds Cendrillon Heartsick Over A Rich Man S Son, At First She Doesn T Know What To Do But She Has Sharp Wits, A Strong Will, And The Magic Wand Her Mother Left Her And Soon She Has A Plan To Give Her Dear Cendrillon The Gift Of A Love That Will Change Her LifeAdapted From A Traditional Creole Story, This Fresh Retelling Captures All The Age Old Romance And Magic Of Cinderella, Melding It With The Vivid Beauty Of The Caribbean And The Musical Language Of The Islands 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. 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. 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 children to understand It a great book to read aloud to younger students who are being introduced to folk literature form different countries. 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 stepmother and sisters One day, she was very sad and the washerwoman asked what was wrong Cendrillon wanted to go the ball and see Paul her crush , but she was not allowed Only the stepmother and sisters could go The washerwoman used her wand and makes Cendrillon all dressed up She has Cendrillon find a breadfruit to make the carriage and then uses her wand for 6 horses and men Cendrillon went to the ball and the washerwoman told her she had to be back before midnight when her spells would run out Paul ask Cendrillon to dance and paid no attention to anyone except her that night Cendrillon was so happy and then it was nearing midnight and she had to take off and Paul was yelling because he didn t even know her name Cendrillon had left behind one of her slippers Once they got far enough away their spells ran out and they were back in their washerwoman clothing, all except Cendrillon s pink slipper The next few days Cendrillon was sick with a broken heart until, Paul found her matched her slipper to her foot and they lived happily ever after.Literary Merit The literary element that is noteworthy to this story is the style of incorporating the culture of Caribbean into a classic tale of Cinderella This is a very key element because it helps introduce other ways of telling classic tales using different cultures to younger children Robert D San Souci did a great job at telling this tale using the Caribbean culture.Reader Response Classroom Connection To connect this to my classroom, prior in the week I would have read another illustrated version of Cinderella and each day of the week I would find different cultured books of Cinderella to tell At the end of the week I would put my students into various groups and assign them two of the books we read and give them manipulatives I would tell my children to create a Venn diagram comparing the two books that I assigned them and then each group would present them to the class This would discuss the different cultures and different aspects of each Cinderella story I would invite my class to compare and contrast two different versions of Cinderella, paying attention to the cultures. 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 can go to the ball The prince and Cendrillion fall in love at the ball, and the prince uses the pink slipper Cendrillion leaves at the ball to find his true love As always, the prince and Cindrillion get married and live happily ever after This is a heartwarming story filled with the themes of love, romance, passion, and the feeling of living happily ever after This was a unique telling since it was told from the view of the grandmother This story is also interesting in the fact that it includes an explanation about the source of the cultural material included, as well a note about the changes made when writing this version The Caribbean language and culture was included throughout the book, and the glossary and pronunciation guide at the back of the book was also a nice addition Brian Pinkney s illustrations were done in scratchboard, gouache and oil paints and illustrate the flavor and culture of the island well The bright colors used bring this story to life, as they are very colorful, detailed, and show emotion Overall, this is a very interesting and culturally sound version of the Caribbean Cinderella. 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 not a fairy and is the narrator, which gives the story a nice feel. 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.