I've always loved the feminist versions of Cinderella, like Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson, Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell, and others along the same vein, but this week found my very favorite Cinderella story — an amalgamation of the tale from 17 different countries, blended together beautifully in one book by amazing folk art illustrations on each page.
This book, by Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis shows Cinderella in Korea, Japan, Laos, Germany, Ireland, Iraq, France, West Indies, Mexico, India and Appalachia (among others)... the girl called Ashpet, Sootface, Cendrillon . . . and Cinderella.
It's a well-crafted story, but for me, the art by Paschkis makes the book, and after looking her up, I realized why... I love many of the other books that she's illustrated. Check them out right here.
This version focuses on her good nature, good attitude, and the good ending that comes of it all. A beautiful book with a map of the world (and the countries that the stories originate from) on the endpapers. A beautiful book. Another one that will have to eventually be added to our own home library!