Author: Joe Hayes
Illustrated by: Gloria Osuna Perez & Lucia Angela Perez
Paperback: 32 page(s)
Age Range: 4 - 8
Ontario curriculum: Language - Reading
In this Cinderella tale from the Southwest, each of the sisters has an encounter with a magical hawk, but the heroine is kind to the bird and receives a gold star on her forehead. Her spiteful stepsisters go in search of their own gold stars but are rewarded with a donkey-???+-?-+s ear and a cow-???+-?-+s horn. You can imagine which sister the prince marries!
From The Critics:
Hayes, a veteran folklorist, offers an engaging telling of "Cinderella" that is popular in the mountain communities of New Mexico. There are some significant variations that add depth to the story, making it in many ways more interesting than the original. Arcia, the Cinderella figure, wants her father to marry, even though he warns her that the stepmother's sweetness "will turn bitter in time." True enough. When her father goes to the mountains to tend his sheep, Arcia becomes the unloved workhorse. In a bit of folktale mixing, Arcia gets a gold star on her forehead from a hawk, while her stepsisters get a horn and donkey's ear for their cruelty. It is by the star that the wealthy young prince remembers Arcia; and with a talking cat's help, he finds her. The English text, which is made full-bodied by its many details, appears with a Spanish translation. The impressive acrylic illustrations, done in a sturdy folk-art style, are thick with color and bright with humor.