Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

San Souci, R. (1998). Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Category: Folk Literature/Multiculturalism

Synopsis of Book: This Cinderella story is told from a poor washerwoman from the island of Martinique.  She is the godmother of Cendrillon whose real mother died and father remarried.  Her new step mom makes her work as a servant and does not allow her to go to the ball.  Cendrillion wants nothing more to go to the ball in hopes to meet the prince.  Her godmother knows exactly what to do; with the magic wand her mother left her she has a plan to give Cendrillion the gift of love that she has never known.

Use in Classroom: The setting of this book is in the Caribbean and this story is loosely based on the French Creole tale.  Using this book to tie into a geography lesson when learning about the Caribbean would enhance the students learning.  They would be able to compare and contrast the two stories as well as learn new vocabulary.  Throughout the book there are French Creole words and phrases used and in the back of the book there is a glossary of all them.  Having the students write these words, what they mean, and incorporating them into their vocabulary.

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