Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China Ai-Ling Louie and Illustrated by Ed Young.
This may be the original Cinderella Story and is in both English and Traditional Chinese Characters.
Half-starved and overworked by her stepmother, Yeh-Shen's only friend is a fish with golden eyes. When the stepmother kills the fish for dinner, poor Yeh-Shen is left with only the bones. But the bones are filled with a powerful MAGICAL spirit. When Yeh-Shen is forbidden to attend the annual spring Festival, the spirit gives her a gown of azure blue and delicate golden slippers. That night, everyone marvels at the beautiful, mysterious young woman at the ball and the King falls in love with her...
Yeh-Shen also has the original story in Traditional Chinese Characters. This Chinese Cinderella story dates from the T'ang Dynasty of 618-907 AD, and a version can be traced back to 9 BC. The oldest European version of Cinderella in an Italian tale dates from 1634. Very well done. Wonderful illustrations that capture the mood beautifully.
Ed Young has illustrated a number of Chinese Children Stories including Voices of the Heart and Lon Po. He was born in Tientsin, China and learned to read and write Chinese as a child. He has illustrated 70 children books and written 15 of them. Ed Young teaches Tai Chi Chuan in Westchester, New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
"Misty, jewel-like illustrations evoke the mythic past in this Chinese Cinderella story." - Publishers Weekly