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Using a word for each letter of the alphabet, a grandmother introduces her two grandchildren to the many versions of Cinderella told around the world.
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From A to Z, twenty-one variations of the Cinderella tale are sure to delight young readers. "Midnight: A Cinderella Alphabet" takes us on a magical journey through world cultures and explores Cinderella, an age-old heroine, and a character to which we can all relate. Over the centuries, the United States has become a nation of myriad cultures. As a homogenous populace, we are constantly aware of the need to achieve a better understanding of ourselves and others. Our very young children can acquire that increased awareness by virtue of "Midnight's" cultural odyssey.
For that very reason, Stephanie Perkal wrote this story. "Midnight" should be read by people of all ages because, "It reinforces the fact that no matter how different another culture may seem, all people have many things in common." Miss Perkal feels that everyone, especially young children, should be encouraged to learn about other cultures; and she acknowledges that the very best way to teach children to accept and cherish people's differences is to first see the similarities we all share.
This 32-page alphabet book explores versions of the Cinderella story from eighteen cultures. A grandmother takes us along on a night ride around the world as she shares Cinderella stories with her grandchildren. "Midnight" is like having countless adventures in one book. As Grandmother explores the many facets of Cinderella, we learn about other people's traditions and lifestyles. Who is Cinderella -- a princess, a scullery girl, a turkey maiden? And her prince -- is he a nobleman, a poor boy, or truly a prince? What about the fairy godmother -- is she a frog, a magical fish, or a kind-hearted spirit?
Come to the ball with Cinderella and see what happens when the clock strikes "Midnight"!From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4?Framed by Grandma's bedtime telling, this Cinderella story struggles to be an alphabet book. Each letter attempts to connect the familiar French version to a Cinderella story from around the world, e.g., A ("ashes") summarizes a Native American tale that features a girl whose "face has been scarred by burning cinders"; B ("ball") mentions that in the Chinese version, Yeh-shien wanted to attend a cave festival instead of a ball. Other letters introduce ideas that may be too abstract for the intended audience (e.g., "role-reversal"). Only the bare bones of the tales are presented; a source note states that the original versions were consulted and provides their country of origin, but little else. Although the writing is serviceable and the concept may create interest, Bartsch's illustrations spoil the book. Sketched by hand and then scanned into a computer, these simple line pictures are a blend of high-tech coloring and amateur drawing. Human figures are poorly executed, with harsh lines and odd postures; pictures are sometimes blurry; and the colors are often garish. Although 18 cultures are represented in the stories, all of the human figures are obviously Caucasian.?Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR
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