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Ten ethnic versions of Cinderella story from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Middle East are summarized and worked into lessons for the middle and upper grades. Each story is accompanied by a Booktalk for review, a Motifs & Ideas for discussion, a Connection to a subject area, and a Vocabulary for cloze exercise. Answer Keys, Group Activities, and Self EvaluatiTen ethnic versions of Cinderella story from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Middle East are summarized and worked into lessons for the middle and upper grades. Each story is accompanied by a Booktalk for review, a Motifs & Ideas for discussion, a Connection to a subject area, and a Vocabulary for cloze exercise. Answer Keys, Group Activities, and Self Evaluation are also provided for maximum learning results. These ten Cinderella tales provide an assortment of stories from around the world that create natural bridges to other curricular areas. Teachers may use the lesson plans as a comprehensive language arts unit that can be integrated with other subject areas, or choose individual lessons with stand-alone worksheets that support and offer practice for concepts already introduced....

Title : Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella
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ISBN : 9781885008015
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-03-24 06:53

    I read my Goodreads’ friend Abigail’s review of this book and immediately reserved the book at the library. I’ve been very interested in the Hmong culture ever since I read Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, and within the last year I’ve read several other variations of the Cinderella tale and I thought this one would be interesting.I appreciated the background work and the divulging of it by the authors and illustrator as regards keeping this authentic to the Hmong culture.I liked this variation of the tale, as seen in the illustrations and as aspects of the story, such as the mother being turned into a cow. And I cared about Jouanah. But, I was not kept rapt by this tale; in fairness, I suspect that would have been true of most Cinderella tales or most fairy tales, given the mood I was in.This alternate version, one of so many, is interesting though, and an excellent addition to the genre, and the illustrations are quite good. I found it to be one of the more interesting and unusual Cinderella tales that I’ve read.

  • Annie
    2019-03-16 04:43

    A fun and creative twist to the original Cinderella. Jouanah, a young girl lived on a farm with her loving mother and father. When her mother is turned into a cow, her father is left lonely so he remarries. The woman he married had a daughter about Jouanah's age, but she was mean and cruel just like her mother. When the elder's son has a ball, Jouanah is left at home as ordered by her stepmother, but after talking to her cow mother, she got a beautiful outfit to wear to the ball. The elder's son was smitten for Jouanah, but before he could talk to her, she was gone. All she left behind was a dainty shoe. The elder's son used this to find Jouanah and when he did, they got married and lived happily ever after.This book was a really fun read. It had amazing cultural elements and beautiful illustrations. Definitely different from the original Cinderella, this story brings you into the southeast Asian culture and leaves you with a better understanding of their values. A great read for all children who love princesses or just want to study other cultures.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-18 10:40

    While containing many of the basic elements of the Cinderella story, it also had some unique elements. The element that was most surprising was that the family needs a cow and the mother tells the father to turn her into a cow, and he does. I loved the beautiful, detailed illustrations that portrayed Jouanah's beauty and goodness as well as the beautiful setting in Thailand.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-05 05:47

    I read this book at the same time I was reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman with my local book club. I love that it depicts the Hmong people and their lives before their tragic exodus from Laos. I also appreciated the Cinderella-like story, as it allows our girls to compare the different details of the story compared to other books we've read. We've read several different versions of the classic Cinderella tale and while the stories are quite different, the main thread of the tale remains fairly constant. Overall, this is an entertaining story with wonderful illustrations. We really enjoyed reading it together and I liked that it gave me just one more facet of Hmong culture as I read the other book.

  • Jacoba
    2019-03-11 09:49

    Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn (1996)Genre: FolkloreFormat: Picture BookPlot summary: After Jouanah's mother turns herself into a cow to provide for the family, Jouanah's father remarries to a nasty woman with a selfish daughter. The cow dies of grief, and Jouanah's father soon follows. Her mother's spirit returns to her though, and dresses her finely for the new years celebration where she meets the village elder's son.Considerations or precautions for readers advisory : themes of death.Review citation (if available)Margaret A. Chang, School Library Journal, March 01, 1997Section source used to find the material: School Library JournalRecommended age: 1st-3rd grade.

  • Kaokao
    2019-03-19 07:32

    I read this when I was in elementary school so that was about 18 years ago. I don't remember much about the book but being Hmong myself, I know that it was similar to the story my mom told me. The reading was simple and the art was beautiful. The traditional clothes were realistic enough. It was a beautiful read.I'll recommend it to people.

  • Disney Princess Recovery
    2019-03-18 07:26

    My favorite version of Cinderella yet. A way more interesting beginning than, "First the mom died, then the dad died, now the story begins."

  • RLL 220 Selena Brown
    2019-03-14 07:54

    Wow! Very interesting! This takes place high in the mountains of the ancient homeland of the Hmong. A farming family needed a cow in order to farm the land and the mother gave the father permission to turn her into a cow temporarily. He did, they did so well on the crops he didn't turn her back into a human and even married another women. Jouanah was sad about he mom being a cow but saddened even more when her step mom made her do all the house work and tricked Jouanah's dad into burning the silken yarn her mom (cow) was making for Jouanah, the step mom was able to tricking the dad into killing the cow but before he could the cow had already dead of a broken heart. Jouanah and her dad would sit sad many days. The village had festivals in the New Year, Jouanah's step mother and daughter wanted to be the first ones there. She was cruel to Jouanah, she put thousands of tiny pebbles into a basket of rice and told Jouanah to clean it. This took her two days to finish. On the third day when she sat down to rest she reached into her mothers sewing basket. In the basket she discovers a beautiful skirt, blouse and apron. She also finds a headdress, necklace, and purses. When she joined the feastival no one knew who she was. Shee-Nang the son of the village Elder serenaded her. Although she was enjoying herself when she saw her stepmother leaving she knew she had to beat her home so she ran off and one of her shoes got stuck in the mud. Shee-Nang who had been trying to catch her found it and didn't rest the next day until he found the young lady who could fit the shoe. When he found her she was too frightened to try on the shoe but they could both see that she could fit it. The stepmother tried one more trick to try to keep them apart but this only helped Shee-Nang see more good qualities in Jouanah.I enjoyed this book, I absolutely loved the illustrations. It is so rich with expression on the faces of the people. The pictures give the words a clearer and deeper meaning. I could see even a someone that is not reading text yet, look at the pictures and get a good story out of it.I also like the interesting twist. There is no fairy god mother but there is I'm not sure if one would call it magic or something else but we do read a person being turned into a tree. She is helped by the voice of her mother right before going to the celebration and I am not real sure what happened to her dad. But she does live a long life where her sadness had been turned to joy!

  • Lynn
    2019-03-21 09:31

    Touching picture book story in the manner of Cinderella about a Hmong girl who dreams of meeting her man.

  • Meemo
    2019-03-22 11:29

    I love this book a lot's and very colorful pages

  • Mary Norell Hedenstrom
    2019-03-09 10:55

    Ages 6 - 10; A Hmong Cinderella

  • Andre
    2019-03-18 10:41

    1) Deutsche Rezension2) English Review1) Deutsche RezensionRezept um eine Kuh zu werden:Man nehme 3 Reben und winde sie dreimal um die Knöchel, dreimal um das Handgelenk und dreimal um den Kopf. Wer will es testen?Dies war ein typisches Märchen, mit allen Pros und Kontras die es dabei gibt. So wird Magie (wie die obere) als völlig normal angesehen aber in dieser Version des Aschenputteltypus können die Leute ein Mädchen welches sie wer weiß wie oft gesehen haben auch nicht erkennen nur weil sie andere Kleider trägt (denkt an Superman, Sailor Moon und He-Man wenn ihr entsprechende Beispiele sucht). Es ist eine netter kleine Geschichte aber wie viele alte Märchen noch ausbaufähig (vor allem das Element der magischen Kuhhaut welche weitervererbt wird wäre gut für eine moderne Fantasiegeschichte).2) English ReviewReceipt to become a cow:Take three vines and wound them three times around your ankles, three times around the wrists and three times around the head and you become a cow. Anyone wants to test it?This was a typical fairytale, with all the pros and cons that come with it. The magic (like the above) is considered totally normal but this version of the Cinderella type also has people who have known her for God knows how long and yet they still cannot recognize her just because she has new clothes (think of Superman, Sailor Moon and He-Man if you want to look at similar examples=. It is a nice little story but like so many old fairy tales it does need some work (especially the element of the magical cowhide that is passed down through the generations would make for a good modern fantasy tale).

  • Ricky Yang
    2019-03-25 04:49

    i think the book was really good it was similar to the original Cinderella except it took place in Thai Land but everything was mostly the same or very similar like instead of a prince it was a traveler but Jauanah went to the festival and she also had to get home before her more to but as she left she dropped her shoe just like the original Cinderella did the the traveler tried to find her but he couldnt and then he went through all of the town n searched for who could fit the shoe and eventually he the traveler will show up at Jouanah house and when he did the step sister tried the shoe but it did not fit n when he saw Jouanah it said in the book that they both knew that the shoe was going to fit her but even when they knew they still tried it on anyways then they both left together got married and they step sister and mother argue and fight all the time and makes things miserable for them self's and Jouanah and her husband lived happily ever after!

  • Amy Schmitz
    2019-03-22 10:34

    This story provides an interesting spin on the traditional Cinderella. Jouanah's mother turns into a cow to help her father plow the fields. When her father gets remarried, Jounah's stepmother and stepsister make her life miserable. She is forced to take care of the house and do a lot of chores. The beautiful Jouanah finally escapes after she meets her prince charming at the new years festival. This is a great way to bring different cultures into your classroom. This story introduces students to some elements of the Hmong culture through a story that is familiar to them. Different versions of Cinderella would be great for comparing and contrasting texts and cultures. Each culture provides elements that they find important and create their own twist to the story.

  • Christina
    2019-03-24 09:35

    I thought this was a very interesting take on the traditional cinderella story. It follows the life of Jouanah (a Hmong girl) stuck in the role of Cinderella. Her father turns the mother in to a cow, and marries another woman who becomes her 'evil stepmother'. Jouanah attends a festival where she meets her true love and might finally escape the grasp of her stepmother. This would be a great way to discuss how different cultures can perceive the same story. This also might be an option for using in your classroom if you have some Hmong students; however, be careful that it will not offend any of the students and that others will take the story seriously.

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2019-02-24 08:28

    In this story, instead of Jouanah's (Cinderella's) mother dying, she has her husband turn her into a cow that they can use to plow the fields and carry grain.Once their life is stable, the father marries another woman instead of turning his wife back from cow to woman.The new wife is mean and jealous of the cow (sounds crazy, doesn't it?). Eventually the cow dies.Instead of a fairy godmother, the cow hide is magic and helps Jouanah. Instead of a prince, we have the son of the village Elder.The illustrations are rich and lush. There are different embroidery patterns at the bottom of every page of text.

  • Linda
    2019-03-20 06:42

    In certain studies of literature, I’ve helped students study different cultures through experiences with various Cinderella stories. I’ve read several books about the Hmong culture and love this book because it holds some of those cultural parts, like the great respect for elders and the idea that spirits guide us in our daily lives. There is much to discuss in this book and to compare with other Cinderella stories. Illustrations of the beautiful costumes and traditions of the village celebrations are filled with details.

  • Amanda V
    2019-03-17 05:52

    Interesting spin on the traditional Cinderella. When the spirit of Jouanah's mother gives her new clothes to wear to the festival, she meets the man of her dreams and can escape her cruel stepmother. Great to show students differences between stories and to give new perspectives on various cultures.

  • Mrs Bond
    2019-02-25 06:40

    Jouanah's mother is turned into a cow to help the family farm succeed. The father marries another woman who has a child about Jouanah's age. The stepmother is intensely jealous. Enchanted cowhide (mother) provides beautiful clothing for child to participate in the festival.

  • Lisa Rathbun
    2019-03-10 06:43

    Great version of Cinderella. Lovely way to include multiculturism in your classroom. (Pictures are beautiful but a slightly "vague" for me. I like my art crisp and clean-lined.) Instead of a fairy godmother, Jouanah's mother's spirit inspires and helps her.

  • Audrey Harlan
    2019-03-21 11:47

    This book puts a different spin on the traditional Cinderella story by tying in traditional Hmong elements. This is good book to read alongside the Cinderella story we all know and love.

  • Tony
    2019-03-05 08:54

    I loved this book, it was very well written and was well illustrated!

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-14 08:46

    AR 4.8 -- 0.5

  • Anthonia
    2019-02-27 04:38

    Great little tale that i enjoyed reading. Another great addition to the Cinderella books. A must read for kids. A great story for kids.

  • Mary
    2019-03-18 04:48

    It's similar to the stories that my mom told me and the movies I'd watched. And the art in the book is really beautiful!

  • Melissa Housholder
    2019-03-09 10:42

    Twist on the classic Cinderella. Jouanah has to deal with her mother being transformed into something other than her mother and her father moving on. Wonderful story!