Chinese Cinderella, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


What's the hook? A fascinating and moving autobiographical novel. What are the themes? Different cultures, families/generations, friendship, school life and the individual vs society. Teaching points? Excellent for multicultural work, as it is set against a background of life in Japanese occupied China. Ideal for exploring narrative structure as it is told simply as a series of snapshots. Comparative work opportunities as it includes the original story of Cinderella that originated in the Tang dynasty (AD 618-908).



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When Adeline Yen Mah's mother dies giving birth to her the family considered her bad luck and was made to feel unwanted for all her life. Chinese Cinderella is the story of her struggle for acceptance and how she overcame the odds to prove her worth.

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