Fleischman, P., & Paschkis, J. (illustrator). (2007). Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
In this retelling of Cinderella, we see how the story is told around the world. From Mexico to Ireland to Germany to Iran to India to China to Zimbabwe and more.
The story progresses in the usual format: evil stepmother, Cinderella forced to work, the ball, the missing shoe, happily ever after. From page to page, however, we hear how the same story is told differently throughout the world.
Paschkis’ stunning illustrations are bright and captivating. Each page has the central image that tells the story. But then the margins and background space is illustrated with images evoking the country of origin, which is listed in the bottom corner of the page.
This is an exciting and beautiful interpretation of a classic story that introduces multi-culturalism and can be an educational experience for young readers, especially those familiar with the classic story. Overall, I give this book a 5 out of 5!