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So enjoying the Spanish parts. The children love to hear different languages and learn French as part of their curriculum. I speak Spanish a little and love South America and Mexico. We are all learning a 'Cinderella' story across my school so this is perfect. Great illustrations too.
This is a really great Cinderella adaptation, as it puts the story meaningfully into the Mexican setting. Some Cinderella adaptations can be quite token-istic but Adelita is lovely, with lots of authentic contextual bits, like putting certain lines in Spanish as well as English and changing the glass slipper into an embroidered shawl. Love this book!
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.