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Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China adapted by Ai-Ling Louie, illustrated by Ed Young [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]

Yeh-ShenIn spite of the wicked machinations of her stepmother, the beautiful young Yeh-Shen manages to survive her deprived life. With the help of a beloved fish and a mysterious old sage, she even marries the king.

This adaptation is based on a tale which appears in The Miscellaneous Record of Yu Yang, which dates from the T’ang dynasty in China (618-907 A.D.). The oldest western version of Cinderella is believed to be a 1634 Italian tale, which strongly suggests that the Cinderella tale originally traveled from Asia to Europe.

Review: “Asian American Titles,” What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature, Gale Research, 1997

Readers: Children

Published: 1982


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