Summary: (Cinderella story) Tangi is born with one leg shorter than the other. Two older stepsisters are not close to her and become dismissive after their father passes away. The three girls are sent to live with an uncle who travels often and the servants and sisters make Tangi do the housework. Tangi learns of a strange alternate world of her deceased birth mother that Tangi can transport to with her teardrops and a handsome prince that loves her.
Personal Reaction: Loved the cover! The story was a bit too simple for my taste, so I might say it would be better for grades 4-6 than middle school or YA though the character is 13 to start and ages to 25 in the world of Rosevine. Lots of telling rather than showing.
Curriculum or discussion topics: Cinderella fairy tale versions; forgiveness
Connections to other books: Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by De La Paz; Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by DePaola;Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Louie; Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by Steptoe; Once Upon a Marigold by Ferris; Before Midnight: A Retelling of “Cinderella” by Dokey (YA)
Items to display with book: flower arrangements, especially with roses (or single rose/rosepetals will do); beaded gown or tiara; gold ring on a chain;stuffed or photo of a dove (white preferred); water bucket; broom; 3 glass bottles filled with “tears”
Food items connected to story: lisha (or oatmeal); meat stew; bread and strawberry jam; fried cakes & lemonade; “rose wine” is a beverage made from roses and there’s also a green beverage that takes away nervousness (so you could use Mountain Dew or something similar); water; strawberries; picnic basket fare (bread, fruit, sausages, cheeses, grape juice)