Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition

By Jewell Reinhart Coburn
Illustrated by Connie McLennan
Hardcover, 32 pages
Ages 6-12

English Text
$17.95
ISBN-10: 1885008139
ISBN-13: 9781885008138

Spanish Text
$16.95
ISBN-10: 188500818X
ISBN-13: 9781885008183

Domitila is not only "sweeter than a cactus bloom in early spring," she is also a talented cook and an amazing leather artist. Most of the classical elements of a Cinderella story can be found in Domitila. A gentle weaving of her mother's nurturing with strong family traditions is the secret ingredient for Domitila to rise above hardship to eventually become the Governor's bride. Moreover, with a firm belief in simplicity and realism, Domitila makes a lasting impression as a triumphant Cinderella in her humility, service, and unassuming modesty.

Unlike most ivory tower Cinderellas, the only transformation in this story is Timoteo's—Domitila's suitor—as we watch him mature from an arrogant politician's son to a compassionate family man. There is no glass slipper to fight over, and no fairy godmother to save the day. All Domitila has are her innate qualities and her family legacy. Finally, the readers are invited to get to know Cinderella for who she is, unlike the typical fantasy character!

With love and care in every stroke, McLennan captured on canvas the warmth of relationships, the fondness for color and texture, and the versatile patterns characteristic of the Mexican people. Readers will soon fall in love with the shimmering light of the desert landscape and this well-told story of Cinderella-with-a-twist.

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Enjoy Domitila's nopales using her own great recipe

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In the timeless Mexican 'Cinderella' story Domitila the glass slippers are replaced by nopales, a traditional Mexican dish. Now you can show off your inner Cinderella (well ok, Domitila) by making her famous nopales.

Here's how:

Nopales (makes 4 servings)

5 nopales (de-spined and cleaned)
 Cut into 1 inch squares
 Cover with water
 Cook 30 minutes or until tender

Mix together the following:
 1 medium onion, chopped
 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
 Cilantro, salt, chilies, and flavorings of choice

Serving suggestions

Mix ingredients and serve cold as salad or saute together with meat of choice and serve hot
May be main or side dish

Remember, Mexican nopales become special by means of the talent, imagination and taste of the cook.

Booklist

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Excerpt from Booklist review of Domitila (by Jewell Reinhart Coburn, illustrated by Connie McLennan):


"Young readers will enjoy comparing this moralistic story with the familiar fairy tale, and will come away with an expanded sense of the region's landscape and culture."

School Library Journal

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Here's what School Library Journal thought of Domitila by Jewell Reinhart Coburn and illustrated by Connie McLennan:

"... the full-page oil-on-canvas illustrations are bright, sumptuous, and visually enticing. The text is bordered by proverbs rendered in both Spanish and English. Well-written and strongly illustrated, this tale is a solid addition to the canon of New-World Cinderella stories..."



"Well-written and strongly illustrated, this tale is a solid addition to the canon of New-World Cinderella stories..."

-School Library Journal

Jewell Reinhart Coburn has lived abroad and studied an array of diverse cultures. She is the recipient of a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and of two honorary degrees, plus many literary awards. Her two other books on Cinderella have received rave reviews. She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, Bill.

Connie McLennan is a freelance illustrator whose work, in a variety of styles and media, has appeared in numerous advertisements, publications, and textbooks over the past 17 years. After earning a degree in journalism, she studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Connie works at home in Rocklin, California, where she lives with her husband, Geoff and young son, Thomas.

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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Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition

By Jewell Reinhart Coburn
Illustrated by Connie McLennan
Hardcover, 32 pages
Ages 6-12

English Text
$17.95
ISBN-10: 1885008139
ISBN-13: 9781885008138

Spanish Text
$16.95
ISBN-10: 188500818X
ISBN-13: 9781885008183