|Yeh-Shen (1982) [Picture Book]|
by Ai-Ling Louie
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(Library of Congress description):
Half-starved and overworked by her stepmopther, Yeh-Shen's only friend is a fish with golden eyes. When the stepmother kills the fish for dinner, poor Yeh-Shen is left with only the bones. But the bones are filled with a powerful spirit. When Yeh-Shen is forbidden to attend the annual spring Festival, the spirit grants her a gown of azure blue and delicate golden slippers. That night, everyone marvels at the beautiful, mysterious young woman at the ball.
This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000 years before the earliest European version.
Original title: Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
Genre: Fairy Tales & Folklore→ Retellings