Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
Retold by Ai-Ling Louie
Following similar ideas of the western Cinderella I grew up with, a young, kind girl is mistreated by her step mother, she is helped with magic, she is chosen by royalty though her identity is unknown, and she loses a slipper, which later only fits her feet.
Despite the similar ideas, this story reflects the Chinese culture in the practice of having more than one wife, living in caves, and the Spring Festival. Also,in this story, the king falls in love with the size of Yeh-Shen's tiny shoe.This reference to foot binding, and the importance of tiny feet on girls in China for much of its history, is something well worth discussing. (post coming soon...)
Kid World Citizen has a great post about the cultural aspects of this story.
They started off by drawing a bit of a template, and trying to replicate that with clay.
Before baking the fish bones, they speared a toothpick through the length to be able to use the pieces as "beads". After baking, they were strung together with wire, adding small beads between the bones. Pea hung hers in her room, and Elle turned hers into a wishing box.
|Elle putting in her first wish|
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