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Friday, December 13, 2013

Another Chinese Cinderella Story: Wishbones

Wishbones: a folk tale from China. Retold by Barbara Ker Wilson, Illus. by Meilo So, 1993.

This is  basically the same story described in the post about Yeh-Shen, retold by Ai-Ling Louie, minus the punishment of the heroine's cruel step family, and plus a helpless but still living father and an overly greedy king for a husband. Meilo So, who also illustrated The Cat's Tale and Tasty Baby Belly Buttons provides the playful art. Cinderella type Yeh Hsien is shown feeding her pet fish rice with chopsticks, the stepsister mirrors her mother in every way from dress to snotty posture, and flipping fishtails cover the endpapers.

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