The orphan : a Cinderella story from Greece /

by Manna, Anthony L; Mitakidou, Christodoula; Potter, Giselle [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: [34] p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 26 cm.ISBN: 9780375866913; 0375866914; 9780375966910 (lib. bdg.).Uniform titles: Cinderella. English.Subject(s): Fairy tales | Folklore | Picture books for childrenSummary: In this variation on the Cinderella story set in Greece, a girl is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but manages to captivate the prince, with help from Mother Nature and gifts from the Sun, the Moon, the Dawn, and the Sea.
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Once upon a time in Greece, fate left a young girl an orphan. Her stepmother was so hateful that she counted every drop of water the orphan drank! But with the help of Nature's blessings, the orphan was showered with gifts- brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn-and even a tiny pair of blue shoes from the Sea. When the prince comes to visit their village, he only has eyes for the mysterious beauty. Children will love this fanciful folk retelling of the Cinderella story, accompanied by luminous watercolor illustrations by Giselle Potter.

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In this variation on the Cinderella story set in Greece, a girl is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but manages to captivate the prince, with help from Mother Nature and gifts from the Sun, the Moon, the Dawn, and the Sea.

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Horn Book Review

Melding and modernizing a couple of traditional versions (as explained in a note), Manna and Mitakidou fashion a lyrical Cinderella variant distinguished by its novel details. The girl known here as "the orphan" seeks help at her mother's grave ("A stranger tries to take your place, / But does not care for me...Oh, Mother, dear Mother, / I beg you, set me free!"). Sure enough, next morning, Mother Nature and her children bring gifts: the Moon gives her beauty, the Dawn "gracefulness," the Meadows dresses, the Sea "delicate blue shoes." When her stepfamily goes to church to meet the visiting prince, the orphan follows on a "radiant white mare" she's summoned from a cloud. Obeying instructions ("You must remember, my soul, / to return home the minute th service ends"), she cleverly eludes the now-smitten prince; but the next Sunday he traps her shoe in honey and wax, spread on the church threshold, and all ends happily. Potter grounds the action with sturdy stylized figures whose generalized Mediterranean faces convey universal emotions (as does the story itself), their expressive body language arrayed on minimal, richly hued landscapes and interiors. An attractive and worthy new take on this popular tale. joanna rudge long (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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