Jouanah has ratings and 29 reviews. Lisa said: I read my Goodreads’ friend Abigail’s review of this book and immediately reserved the book at the lib. Jouanah, A Hmong Cinderella is the familiar story of Cinderella, the poor overworked step-daughter who marries the handsome prince, in the setting and context. Kindergarten-Grade 3. This tender variant of the Cinderella story from the Hmong people of Asia takes place in a peasant village. After Jouanah’s mother is.

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Mar 22, Lisa Vegan rated it liked it Recommends it for: Currently lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband Bill. I’ll recommend it to people.

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The village, they knew, would bless their love. Sharon rated it really liked it Sep 24, The birds hushed their songs.

The new wife is mean and jealous of the cow sounds crazy, doesn’t it? A must read for kids. Different versions of Cinderella would be great for comparing and contrasting texts and cultures.

She struggled cindefella learning to spin it, so her mother, the cow, spun it upon her horns. The wife disguises herself as the voice of the spirit and tells the father to kill the cow. Thanks for telling us about the problem. She is forced to take care of the house and do a lot of chores.


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He picked it up, and determined to find the girl who had lost it. Feb 14, Meemo rated it it was amazing. Great to show students differences between stories and to give new perspectives on various cultures. So Ding went out and spied on her, and told her z that it was the cow who did the spinning. Now the family went home, downhearted and discouraged.

Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella

The setting and plot elements provide a different look at what it truly means to be a Cinderella. I am hopeful that I will be able to do this in an elementary classroom using literature to promote appreciation and awareness for cultures around the world. juanah

His search took joouanah from village to village, but nowhere could he find that maiden. There is no fairy god mother but there is I’m not sure if one would call it magic or something else but we do read a person being turned into a tree.

Although she was enjoying herself when she saw her stepmother leaving she knew she had to beat her home so she ran off and one of her shoes got stuck in the mud. However, I feel like the Hmong culture is not represented well at all in this story. Valuable hmon of Hmong news summaries The young hmonf ends up at their door and the shoe fits Jouanah’s foot, and so they get married and move away from the stepmother.


I’m hmong myself and I’ve seen part of a movie that is almost exactly this. Interesting spin on the traditional Cinderella. School Library Journal Recommended age: It glittered in the sun.

Children’s Literature: Jouanah: a Hmong Cinderella

Hardcover32 pages. Beneath them were a glorious headdress and two exquisite purses bordered with coins that jingled musically.

She ordered her stepdaughter to get busy, saying to her new husband, “Your Jouanah— not my Ding— will cut the wood, cook the meals, and keep this house clean from now on. Posted by JMoore at 5: Posted by Rachel Hope Crossman at 1: There is much to discuss in this book and to compare with other Cinderella stories. But those rolls of thread Jouanah brings home.

This alternate version, one of so many, is interesting though, and an excellent addition to the genre, and the illustrations are quite good.