YEH-SHEN : A CINDERELLA STORY FROM CHINA
New York : Philomel Books, c1982.
IL 3-6, RL 4.0
This book is a Chinese version
of Cinderella and is based on the T'angera(618-907 AD) manuscripts. I chose
this book because it is great to use when comparing various versions of
our favorite fairy tales. The book displays some of the culture through
the great illustrations and the character itself.
This is a beautiful story that
dates back to the T'ang dynasty and is believed to predate the European
version of the Cinderella tale. In this story a woman raised an orphan
girl called Yeh- Shay and she was jealous of her beauty which surpassed
the beauty of her own daughter. Because of this the woman made Yeh-
Shay do all of the hard labor and gave her very little to eat. Yeh-
Shay had a single friend which was a fish whom she raised and cared for.
The jealous woman learned about the fish and killed it but Yeh- Shay kept
the bones which she learned were magical.
Folklore -- China.
Princes -- Folklore.
Stepchildren -- Folklore.