"Yeh-Shen," a Chinese version of the
tale almost a thousand years older than the earliest known European version,
contains many familiar details - a poor over-worked girl, a wicked stepmother
and stepsister, a magical helper, a king in search of a wife, and a lost shoe.
But while Cinderella is simply handed gifts from her fairy godmother, Yeh-Shen
earns her wishes through kindness to a magic fish. This one change makes a
big difference in the ethical tone of the book. It also makes the reader feel
much more sympathetic toward Yeh-Shen, who seems to deserve every bit of good
fortune she gets.
Introduction to Yen-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
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