Friday, November 25, 2011
The Orphan by Anthony L Manna and Soula Mitakidou
The subtitle of this book is: A Cinderella Story from Greece. I'm always amazed at how fairy tales tend to be told in all countries and many are the same as the ones we've grown to know and love. I imagine many of them came from Europe to begin with, but each country has a little different take on how the story develops.
Schwartz & Wade sent me a copy of this picture book for review (thank you). Check with your local bookstore to get a copy.
One difference is that many of the tales from other countries deliver their magic with nature spirits; no fairy godmother in these stories.
The general theme remains the same. Cinderella's mother dies, her father remarries, and the new wife and her daughter's shun her. It's just a good thing that Cinderella has small feet...
Why not offer your child the one of our fine fairy tale versions of this tale and this version from Greece so he/she can compare them? Which tale does your child prefer? That will give you an idea of the type of book to buy for them in the future.