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The Orphan, A Cinderella Story from Greece
( retold by A. Manna , S. Mitakidou/ illus. Gi.Potte, S&W/Random $17.99 Score: )

Cinderella lives in the folk tales of many, many countries. Though the bones of the story are the same--cruel stepmother, ugly sisters, prince who falls in love, missing slipper, the Greek version has many differences that children will surely notice. This Cinderella has no FairyGodmother, no pumpkin that turns into a carriage, no mice that turn into footmen. It's a little darker than the familiar version, but interesting to compare. After you finish this one you might check the local library for Cinderella's of other lands. Call it Comparative Lit 101.

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