The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo
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‘Climo and Heller conflate several Korean variants of Cinderella to offer up the story of Pear Blossom, a lovely girl who is sorely mistreated by her nasty stepmother and stepsister.… At once comfortingly familiar and intriguingly exotic, the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words.’—Publishers Weekly. ‘Heller’s paintings are exotically lush and colorful as well as engaging.… An agreeable retelling of the Cinderella story.’ —BL.

Notable 1994 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

 

About Shirley Climo

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Shirley Climo was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1928. She attended DePauw University until her mother died unexpectedly in 1949. She dropped out of college and took up her mother's work writing scripts for the weekly WGAR-Radio children's program Fairytale Theatre. During her lifetime, she wrote 24 books including The Korean Cinderella; Magic and Mischief: Tales from Cornwall; A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World; A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World; and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales. She died on August 25, 2012 at the age of 83. Ruth Heller is one of America's best-loved children's authors. Known for her nonfiction picture books with clever rhymes and boldly colorful illustrations, she has more than thirty titles to her credit, including the best-selling Chickens Aren't The Only Ones. She makes her home in San Francisco, California.
 
Published May 30, 1993 by HarperCollins. 48 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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A retelling based on three of the ``half a dozen'' Korean Cinderella variants: ``Pear Blossom's'' stepmother calls her ``Little Pig,'' barely feeds her, and assigns her impossible tasks (filling a cracked jug), but the girl is helped by magical animals (a giant ox that weeds a rice paddy for her).

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Conflating several Korean variants of Cinderella, this story is ""at once comfortingly familiar and intriguingly exotic,"" said PW, with ""lavish"" and extensively researched art.

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Following The Egyptian Cinderella , Climo and Heller conflate several Korean variants of Cinderella to offer up the story of Pear Blossom, a lovely girl who is sorely mistreated by her nasty stepmother and stepsister.

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