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Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Tale from India

By Lila Mehta
Adapted by Meredith Brucker
Illustrated by Youshan Tang
$17.95, Hardcover, 32 pages
English Text
Ages 6-12
ISBN-10: 1885008201
ISBN-13: 9781885008206

Cinduri has a lot of work to do. Every day she walks to the lake to fetch drinking water, milks the cow, cleans the house, prepares the meals, cleans the animal pens, and sells vegetables. Her stepmother and stepsister, however, don’t do any of the work. They just order Cinduri about and give her a bowl of rice and a few leftovers to eat.

The lake, however, is full of magic. When Godfather Snake hears of Cinduri’s troubles, he vows to make her life easier. And when the Prince comes to visit the village during the annual Navaratri Festival, Godfather Snake makes it possible for her to go, dressed in the most beautiful gold-threaded sari and sparkling diamond anklets. It is there that she wins the heart of the Prince.

Adapted from the East Indian story "Nagami" (Jewel of the Snake), this version of the tale is rich with the traditions and culture of India while also conveying the universal values of the Cinderella story. Beautiful watercolor depictions of Indian life and styles accompany this introduction to Indian folklore.

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The Bloomsbury Review

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Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India by Lila Mehta, adapt. by Meredith Brucker, illus. by Youshan Tang was reviewed in The Bloomsbury Review.

"Anklet for a Princess is, just as the subtitle suggests, an Indian Cinderella story. However, my kids were so captivated by this book, with its colorful illustrations, that you would have thought they had never heard the Cinderella story before. The lengthy, in-depth plot took a few nights to get through, but my kids remained spellbound to the very end.

Cinduri is a young beauty with dark hair extending below her waist. She lives with her mean stepmother and stepsister who, of course, make her do all the chores.

One day Cinduri goes to fetch drinking water from the lake (which she carries by balancing a heavy pot on her head) and meets a great white snake with a big red jewel on his head. He is angered by her living conditions, adopts her as his goddaughter, and promises to do anything for her whenever she summons him with a magic song.

Cinduri longs to attend the Navaratri Festival to meet the Crown Prince, who is searching for a bride. So Godfather Snake magically makes beautiful clothes and jewelry appear. But instead of glass slippers, she wears anklets with bells and diamonds. After dazzling the Prince, Cinduri runs to leave by midnight, when all the magic will disappear, and she leaves behind an anklet. It is the anklet that brings the two together in the end.

From a cultural perspective, this book is very educational. It reveals Indian customs, shows the characters in traditional dress, and emphasizes the Indian way of life. My kids were fascinated by the jewelry and clothing of the characters, and the magic snake was "totally cool." This book is a great version of an old favorite story."

 

School Library Journal

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Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India by Lila Mehta, adapt. by Meredith Brucker, illus. byYoushan Tang was reviewed in School Library Journal:

"This addition to the publisher's collection of "Cinderella" stories from many cultures adheres closely to the European version, except for the Indian glosses: silver ankle bangles, a godfather snake, a dance at the Navaratri Festival, and the wedding-ceremony details. The tale is adapted from the Eastern Indian story "Nagami," which is believed to be "...at least 1,000 years old and has been preserved in oral traditions," but no other sources are given. The emotional text is full of descriptive adjectives and bathed in cultural details. Tang's watercolors depict the action in bright colorful swirls, heavy black accents, and backgrounds of flower splashes."

Children's Bookwatch

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Anklet For A Princess by Lila Mehta, illustrated by Youshan Tang was reviewed by Children's Bookwatch.

"Anklet For A Princess: A Cinderella Story From India is an fabulous adaptation of the East Indian story "Nagami" (Jewel of the Snake), a legend that in many ways resembles the classic fairy tale Cinderella. The young woman Cinduri is overburdened with work from her stepmother and stepsister, and receives barely enough to eat in return. But Godfather Snake learns of her troubles and helps her attend the village's annual Navaratri Festival dressed in the most beautiful golden-threaded sari and diamond anklets, and there she wins the heart of the Prince. A captivating picture book story commendably written by Lila Mehta, deftly adapted by Meredith Brucker, and wondrously illustrated in full color by Youshan Tang, Anklet For A Princess would make a welcome and popular addition to any school or community library picture book collection."


"...my kids were so captivated by this book, with its colorful illustrations, that you would have thought they had never heard the Cinderella story before."

-Bloomsbury Review

Lila Mehta Lwas born in Rajkot, India, and graduated as a nurse and midwife in London, England. In 1965, she arrived in Canada where she graduated from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son, and teaches for the Scarborough Board of Education in Scarborough, Ontario.

Meredith Brucker is a graduate of Stanford University who makes her home in Southern California. She worked for many years as a writer and story editor in the TV industry -- for CBS, MGM, and KTLA -- and is currently employed raising public awareness of childhood cancer. A popular writing teacher, she is the author of many articles and book reviews for magazines and newspapers, and nine published novels.

Youshan Tang grew up in Shanghai, China, and graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Peking University with degrees in Chinese art and literature. Since 1980, Tang has made his home in San Francisco where the cultural diversity inspires his work. He is also the illustrator of Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella and Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India.

Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

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Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Tale from India

By Lila Mehta
Adapted by Meredith Brucker
Illustrated by Youshan Tang
$17.95, Hardcover, 32 pages
English Text
Ages 6-12
ISBN-10: 1885008201
ISBN-13: 9781885008206

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