Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella takes readers to the remote mountains of Southeast Asia, to the traditional home of the Laotian Hmong. All essential Cinderella elements are herestartling transformation, a kind-hearted but mistreated central character, and an evil stepfamily. However, let us not forget the fairy godmother, a handsome Elder's son who comes to the rescue, the dainty shoe, and the most important element of alllove!
Gorgeous artwork remains faithful in the depiction of the Hmong lifestyle and the high mountain villages. Readers will make a place in their hearts for this newest and loveliest addition to children’s literature.
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Jouanah is very similar to the Cinderlla story except, instead of American, it's Asia. Jouanah's mother had turned into a cow, her father remarried who became Jouanahs evil stepmother. The cow died and her father followed her mother to her grave. Jouanah then met a young boy from her village, and fell in love. But Jouanah's stepmother wanted to keep them apart. Once again, just like Cinderlla a shoe brought them back together. Personal Reaction: I love how this almost exactly like Cinderlla, but in a different culture. It shows students that different countries have different cultures. Classroom Extensions: Students will write in their journals how this is similar and different to Cinderlla and which one they liked the most and why. Students will paint a picture of how they see Jouanah in today's society.
this is one of my favorite story growing up as a child... my mom often tells me this story and i love it! i'm so glad that there are actually hmong stories out there, when most people don't even know who the hmong people are... i give this story and every other cinderella story 5 starz!