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Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Written & illustrated by Ai-Ling Louie
Published by Puffin Books
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“…A worthwhile addition to picture book collections.” — Booklist.”Executed with chromatic splendor—a unique combination of brilliance and restraint.” — The Horn Book”Every library will be enriched by it.” — School Library Journal.

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5.25 / 7.0

A beautifully told Cinderella story from China. The very sensitive reader may be alarmed by the stabbing of Cinderella’s beloved fish and how the stepmother and stepsister are crushed by rocks in the final line, but these are the only two gruesome incidents. The illustrations are lovely and the recurring pattern of the fish is original.

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Who Wrote Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

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Ai-Ling Louie

Born in New York City, AI-LING LOUIE graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and received her graduate degree from Wheelock College. After teaching school near Boston, she returned to the New York area, moving to New Jersey. The tale of Yeh-Shen had been told in her family for three generations when, to her surprise, a research trail led Ms. Louie to the Cinderella of her grandmother’s story as recorded in an ancient Chinese manuscript, which is reproduced in this book. Further research confirmed that the story had been told in China since the days of the T’ang dynasty (618-907 A.D.), whereas the earliest known European version is an Italian tale dating from 1634.

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Publication Date:
May 7, 1996

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