Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella

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Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella

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In this version of Cinderella, set in the Philippines, Abadeha endures abuse by her stepmother before being helped by the Spirit of the Forest and becoming the bride of the island chieftan's son.

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Myrna J. de la Paz was born in Manila, and grew up in a town where indigenous culture and spiritual beliefs are practiced parallel with Christianity. She later shared this world of magic and myth when she wrote and directed "Bakunawa," a play based on the Bagobo people. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Youshan Tang's artistic promise began to show when he was a child in Shanghai, China. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Peking University with degrees in Chinese art and literature. Since 1980, Tang has made his home in San Francisco where the cultural diversity inspires his work. This is the third book that he has illustrated for Shen's.

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Gr 2-4-Abadeha prays to the Spirit of the Forest for guidance to endure the unkind stepmother who heaps piles of work on her. The Spirit gives the young woman an enchanted sarimanok that is summarily killed by the stepmother and roasted for dinner. Abadeha offers the bird's feet to the Spirit, and is told to bury them on her mother's grave. Later, she returns to find an enchanted tree laden with jewels. A respectful prince finds it and takes a ring from it; his finger begins to swell and he cannot remove the ring. Of course, Abadeha is the one who removes it, marries the prince, and lives happily ever after. The illustrations are slightly stiff; often characters' eyes seem to be dark sockets with a resulting look reminiscent of textbook art. The text and art together provide an adequate, if somewhat awkward portrayal of Cinderella. For more successfully executed versions, try Rebecca Hickox's The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story (Holiday, 1998); Ai-Ling Louie's Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China (Philomel, 1982); or Robert D. San Souci's Cendrillon (S & S, 1998), a Creole variant of the tale.

Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

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