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Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China, Softcover, English


 
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Yeh Shen - The Chinese version of Cinderella

This Chinese folk tale with European Cinderella elements can be traced to 850AD, many centuries before the Grimm version.

Yeh Shen is a kindhearted and wise orphan. Her kindness to a magical fish opens new opportunities for a better life.


Beautiful drawings by Ed Young make this book an excellent addition to your Cinderella collection.



Note for Educators: Free Lesson Plan - Comparative discussion of Yeh-Shen vis-a-vis Cinderella


What customers say about Yeh Shen:

" The glass slippered Cinderella has a worthy cultural counterpart.
My teenage daughter read the book out of curiosity, and had a good chuckle when the antagonists received their just reward at the end."
- Tina Matsunaga, WY

"My daughter loves this story, and we have a video (animated) of it that she adores. Cinderella is one of her all-time favorite stories, and she is thrilled to have a Chinese Cinderella story to share with her friends.
- Bonny Ward
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Language: English
Media: Book
ISBN 10: 0-698-11388-8
ISBN 13: 9-780698-113886


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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.
Awards:
  • a School Library Best Book of the Year,
  • An ALA notable Book
  • An IRA-CBC Children's Choice Book

Review:

"Misty, jewel-like illustrations evoke the mythic past in this Chinese Cinderella story." - Publishers Weekly
Lesson Plan:

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

  6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
 
Yeh-Shen May 22, 2008
Reviewer: Amy from Fresno CA Unit  
I loved this book when I was a child.  It has beautiful illustrations and a good story.  I liked this story better than Cindarella.

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  9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
 
Highly Recommended May 19, 2008
Reviewer: Anonymous from Hendersonville  
My 7 year old daughter and I enjoy reading cultural variations of familiar fairy tales and were intrigued by this ancient one of the Cinderella story.  The illustrations are exquisite and add another dimension to the appeal of the story.

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
 
A different viewpoint March 11, 2008
Reviewer: Tina Matsunaga from Gillette WY Un  
The glass slippered Cinderella has a worthy cultural counterpart.||My teenage daughter read the book out of curiosity and had a good chuckle when the antagonists received their just reward at the end.

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  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
 
This is a very nice story... July 15, 2006
Reviewer: Bonnie Ward from Undisclosed  
my daughter loves this story and we have a video (animated) of it that she adores.  Cinderella is one of her all-time favorite stoires and she is thrilled ot have a Chinese Cinderella story to share iwth her firends.

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