Bibliographic Information: dePaola, T. (2002). Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Annotation: This story draws upon the Cinderella story with a twist. Adelita has two step sisters (Dulce and Valentina) and a selfish step mother (Dona) that demands Adelita to do chores around the house, night and day. Javier’s family was hosting a fiesta at their house; Adelita knew him when she was younger and pleaded to go see him again. Unfortunately, Dona wouldn’t allow it. Once they left, an older woman knocked at the door, it was Esperanza (former servant). She showed Adelita where her mother stored a beautiful white dress and shawl. Before she left for the fiesta, Esperanza told her that no one would recognize her. At the fiesta, she danced with Javier all night. The clock struck midnight and she ran away frightened that Javier wouldn’t accept her for who she is. Eventually, Javier found Adelita and asked for her hand in marriage.
Grade Level: 3-5
Readers who will like this book: Children who like fairytales; children who are learning Spanish.
Response/Rating(1-4): 4; This book incorporates the hispanic culture using Spanish words and phrases, beautiful paintings with bright colors, and hispanic names to tell the story of a Mexican Cinderella.
Text-Dependent Question: Why did Adelita run away from Javier?