The Korean Cinderella

Paperback | January 18, 1996

byShirley Climo

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"This masterfully retold version of Cinderella presents real Korean customs and includes dramatic, brightly colored illustrations" (Children's Literature).

This is an enchanting and magical variant of the favorite fairy tale. Publishers Weekly noted that "the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporation of Korean words." Children's Literature pointed out that "it should be noted that all the illustrationsfrom those depicting Korean rituals to the smallest clothing detailsare the result of the illustrator's extensive research and passionate interest in Korean culture."

Like the tree planted to honor her birth, Pear Blossom is beautiful, and the pride of her elderly mother and father. But then her mother dies, and her father remarries. Pear Blossom’s stepmother resents her new daughter’s beauty.

Out of jealousy, she makes Pear Blossom perform impossible chores while her own daughter, Peony, watches idly. But fortunately, Pear Blossom is not alone. With the help of magical creatures—togkabis—she can accomplish each task, and triumph over her stepmother’s cruelty.

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As in the familiar version of Cinderella, Pear Blossom, the Korean Cinderella, is mistreated by a cruel stepmother and made to perform outrageous tasks. Pear Blossom's fairy godmother appears in the form of tokgabis, magical creatures that come to her aid and help her to triumph over her ill-meaning relatives. Full color.

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"This masterfully retold version of Cinderella presents real Korean customs and includes dramatic, brightly colored illustrations" (Children's Literature).This is an enchanting and magical variant of the favorite fairy tale. Publishers Weekly noted that "the text is especially noteworthy for its instructive but unobtrusive incorporatio...

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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 word...

Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & 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 Sp...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:January 18, 1996Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064433978

ISBN - 13:9780064433976

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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As in the familiar version of Cinderella, Pear Blossom, the Korean Cinderella, is mistreated by a cruel stepmother and made to perform outrageous tasks. Pear Blossom's fairy godmother appears in the form of tokgabis, magical creatures that come to her aid and help her to triumph over her ill-meaning relatives. Full color.

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"A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustations. Egyptian birds and animals pulse with life, and information about Egyptian mythology and civilization are subtly interwoven into the traditional folktale. A winner." (Starred review) (School Library Journal)