Except this is the Caribbean version! Until I started noticing the differences that I was a bit disappointed but reading it now felt amazing and a fresh of breath air for a classic story. We meet the narrator of the story which is godmother of Cendrillon. When the narrator mothers passed away, she gave her this magic wand that could change objects from one thing to another but the big catch is you can only use the magic for someone you love.

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San Souci provides his readers with a slightly different version of perhaps the most famous version by Charles Perrault. Brian Pinkney, the illustrator, uses acrylic paints as his artistic medium creating vibrant colors and overall intriguing illustrations to further expose the reader to Caribbean culture.

These illustrations not only engage the reader, but also evoke certain emotions through the use of color and perspective. The colors that are commonly used throughout all the illustrations are yellow, green, white, purple, and blue both dark and bright. One of the most common colors used by Pinkney is white. Cendrillon from this point becomes the only character that is dressed in pure white see image 1 in "Gallery".

The association between Cendrillon and the color white was purposefully created to show the reader that Cendrillon has a pure heart. White is the absence of color similar to how purity is the absence of sin or fault. The color green is used to represent jealousy and envy within this story. This characteristic is most clearly depicted through the character Madame, the stepmother to Cendrillon see image 2 in "Gallery".

She is the only character throughout the story that is dressed in green. Unlike the other colors used in this book, this green is of a darker hue giving the impression that jealousy is a darker quality to have in a person.

This depiction of jealousy can clearly be seen in the part of the story where Cendrillon enters the ballroom. Unlike the other colors, the color yellow is used simply as a background color throughout the illustrations and is used to convey happiness. When comparing these events to the rest of the text, they are without a doubt the most happy and joyful moments.

There are three hues of blue that are used throughout the illustrations, each conveying a different emotion. The dark blue is used to create a melancholy feeling within the reader. The more vibrant and bright blue is used to signify beauty. This makes the reader view her as far more beautiful than any of the other characters.

As the story concludes with Cendrillon and Paul dancing in the ballroom after their marriage, a pastel blue is used as the background color. This shade of blue creates a sense of peace as Cendrillon is displayed as being finally happy and she is stated in the text as having the best wedding Souci In addition to the use of color, Pinkney also uses perspective, the angle from which the illustrations are drawn, to portray aspects of the story that are only hinted at in the text itself.

For example, when Cendrillon is in the marketplace she is shown as being distant from the other people. She looks longingly at a group of people who are standing on her right, as they happily talk among themselves. This perspective, along with the placement of Cendrillon in this illustration, shows the reader how she is not only physically distant, but also socially distant from the rest of society.

Both of these characters are shown with a sorrowful and fearful look as they are kneeling to help Madame and the stepsister. These illustrations show the reader the low social status of Cendrillon and cause them to feel isolated just as Cendrillon is isolated from society.

In this scene, the carriage is relatively small when compared to the mansion that is shown on the second page. The long train of horses leading up to the mansion creates a sense of suspense, as it makes the reader follow the trail of horses from the left to the right page where the mansion sits upon a cliff overlooking the ocean.

She is shown looking up at this mansion as she leans over the side of the carriage. From this illustration, the reader also experiences a sense of wonder and awe at how grand this mansion is and at the opportunity it represents for Cendrillon.

Throughout the story, Cendrillon continues to be the main focus. This too is accomplished by perspective. By angling the illustration this way, the reader is also able to see that they are on a balcony overlooking the ocean while dancing under the starry night sky, adding to the feeling of romance. Pinkney later takes a similar approach when the couple is shown dancing once again at the end of the story.

The illustrations used in this book reinforce what is presented in the text and provide information that is not explicitly stated in writing. The illustrations within this book work together to help the reader experience the emotions that Cendrillon experiences. The reader, similar to Cendrillon, will go through a range of emotions: sadness, hope, happiness, love, despair, and then joy, in that order, once again when she is found by her love.

This range of emotions is accomplished through the details included within each illustration, such as facial expressions and body language. Each color subconsciously affects how the reader views the characters, causing them to view these characters and events the way Cendrillon herself would. The perspective helps the reader to view the events of the story the way that Cendrillon does.

At times the reader will experience distress or love based on the angle from which the illustration is drawn. Each of these components is of great importance.

Together they create a story of hope, giving the story a semi-light hearted tone overall. Gallery of illustrations referenced:.



I would like to do a unit on different Cinderella stories like we did in class. The breadfruit resembles a small pumpkin except for the fact that the breadfruit grows on a tree instead of a vine. Cendrillon by Robert D. San Souci Scholastic After checking this out at the library repeatedly, we decided to track down a copy. This was a unique telling since it was told from the view of the grandmother. This is a wonderful version of Cenrrillon, told with a Caribbean flair and incorporates West Indian culture and costumes. The book will appeal to younger students and is written at a second or third grade level and b Cindrillon A Caribbean Cinderella is a picture book that illustrates the beautiful Cinderella version from the Caribbean.


Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella


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