Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story

by Tomie dePaola


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Hace mucho tiempo—a long time ago—there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kindhearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue to her hidden identity: a beautiful rebozo—shawl. With the rebozo in place of a glass slipper, this favorite fairy tale takes a delightful twist. Tomie dePaola's exquisite paintings, filled with the folk art of Mexico, make this a Cinderella story like no other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142401873
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/05/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 82,593
Product dimensions: 9.06(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. 

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Cinderella fans will find much to like in dePaola's original twist, infused with Mexican warmth and color. (Publishers Weekly)

A true tour de force. (School Library Journal)

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Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Mparis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adelita is a Cinderella story told as a Mexican folktale. It is colorfully and sweetly illustrated by Tomie De Paola to reflect the culture and includes words and phrases in the Spanish language.My primary students loved this familiar take retold by Mr. De Paola in his charming style.Classroom connections: Comparing Cinderella stories from other cultures.
brikayama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Tomie dePaola's version of Cinderella. Such wonderful and bright illustrations fill each page and so much culture is represented. Adelita always keeps a loving heart even towards her enemies.
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a mexican adaptation of the Cinderella story. Although I am a fan of the author/illustrator, I find that this was not his best work in my opinion.
maryanntherese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adelita is a Mexican Cinderella story. I found I like this one better than the original, because Adelita and her faithful Esperanza use their own ingenuity and resources to win the good Javier. No fairies required. De Paola's illustrations are colorful and accessible.
arielaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Cinderella stories, but I love retellings even better, and Tomie dePaola's word and illustrations are lovely and sweet. I love the imagery of old Mexican culture found in the pictures.
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cinderella as told through a Hispanic lens. A girl suffers her step family only to find love at the big fiesta.Children's folkloreTomi Depaola is essentially in brown face here. It's like disney got a hold of this. Changing the local and language of a fairy tale to be more quaint is down right racist. I actually bough this and sold it back to Powells earlier this year. I would not use this in the classroom. It's essentially saying the Hispanic culture is not rich enough to come up with it's own folk culture. HA!
chelsiking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a very fun alternative of a wonderful classic tale told to children for years! The book includes characters that are similar to the classic English version, but incorporate numerous aspects of the Mexican culture, allowing the reader to discover a different version of this amazing tale. A fun alternative to the classic 'glass slipper' is Adelita's shall she leaves behind.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Mexican version of the Cinderella story. The book incorporates elements of Mexican cultures and the Spanish language. Colorful illustrations.
cshupp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story and the illistrations were cute! I liked that instead of a slipper it was a scarf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute little book, but it is NOT in Spanish, as the listing in B&N implies. It introduces the reader to some phrases in Spanish, but it is written in English. Not what I was expecting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love tomie de paola's books and this is no exception. he does a wonderful job of incorporating spanish vocabulary into the tale & even includes a glossary of terms w/ pronunciation at the end of the book. my kids and i both enjoy this story. we recently used it as part of a 'cinderella tales from around the world' study unit.