January 12, 2010

Multicultural fairy tales

by Tomie dePaola
This version of Cinderella is unique in that no magic is involved. Adelita wears a dress and rebozo (shawl) that once belonged to her late mother. It is the reboza that tells Javier, Adelita's childhood friend, where to find her.
Tomie dePaola's colourful paintings, inspired by Mexican folk art, turns Cinderella into a gentler and happy story. Spanish phrases are found throughout the text, with a pronunciation guide at the end.

retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
The classic fairy tale with African-inspired artwork. It also teaches readers about different African styles and language.

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