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In Tomie dePaola's cultured story of Adelita, the Mexican Cinderella, pretty young Adelita's mother dies, leaving her daughter and husband. Later on, Adelita's sad father marries another lady who has two daughters. Adelita's new stepmother and stepsisters are mean, but still she finds happiness and love at the end of the story. Great story and beautiful illustrations! This is a great book!
This is a wonderful book for teaching the familiar unit of "Cinderella Around the World." I read it to my class and they loved it. This book also provides wondeful cultural references about Latin American culture, especially Mexican culture. I am Mexican and I felt that it was authentic. Additionally it has some Spanish phrases you can teach children or at least introduce the concept. The illustrations are also beautiful.
I collect cinderella books and use a enn diagram from Mailbox magazine to compare the new versions to the original. Our school adopted mexico as our multicultural focus and this book worked wonderfully.