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Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale [Hardcover]

By Robert D. San Souci (Author), Sergio Martinez (Author) & Sergio Martinez (Illustrator)
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A Spanish-American retelling of the familiar Cinderella story follows the adventures of a kind girl, Teresa, who is mistreated by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters, Isabel and Inez, until the Virgin Mary rewards Teresa with a shining gold star. Jr Lib Guild.

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Blessed Mary rewards Teresa's good deeds with a shining gold star. Later she punishes Teresa's unkind stepsisters, Isabel and Inez, with hideous horns and donkey's ears that they try to hide under heavy veils But will Teresa outshine her stepsisters at the festival? Robert D. San Souci retells this popular folktale in a lilting narrative that includes all the magic of the beloved Cinderella story and traditional elements from Spanish tales. Luminous watercolors by Sergio Martinez accentuate the beauty and goodness that radiate from Little Gold Star.

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Citations And Professional Reviews
Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale by Robert D. San Souci & Sergio Martinez has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 203
  • Booklist - 10/01/2000 page 343
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/2000 page 153
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 10/15/2000 page 1491
  • New York Times - 11/19/2000 page 24
  • Horn Book Magazine - 01/01/2001 page 102
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 102
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2002 page 15
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 102
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 152

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 19, 2000
Publisher   HarperCollins
Age  5-8
ISBN  0688147801  
ISBN13  9780688147808  
UPC  046594015952  

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More About Robert D. San Souci & Sergio Martinez

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert D. San Souci (1946 2014)wasa native of California and worked with illustrators from all across the country to create children's books, but his favorite illustratorand collaborator was his brother, Daniel San Souci. They published twelve books together. He passed away in December 2014.
Daniel San Souci was born in San Francisco and grew up across the bay in Berkeley, California. In 1978 he started a career in book illustration.He has published over80 books and created many book covers which include wildlife and national park titles. He lives in Oakland, CA."

Robert D. San Souci currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Stepfamilies
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > Hispanic & Latino
5Books > Subjects > Children > Popular Characters > Fairy Tales & Folk Tales > Cinderella
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8

Reviews - What do customers think about Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale?

good children's book  Mar 22, 2008
My daughter (9) loves this book. It is a version of the Cinderella story. The story is engaging and the illustrations are fine as well.

Not Appropriate for the Classroom  Jul 12, 2007
ATTENTION TEACHERS: The religious content of this book may make it inappropriate for your public school classroom. (Little Gold Star is rewarded by the Virgin Mary after she spends an afternoon caring for baby Jesus and Saint Joseph.) I would not risk angering my administration or my students' parents by including it in my classroom collection.
Beautiful Book  Oct 12, 2000
Little Gold Star offers a wonderful blend of story and illustrations from San Souci and Martinez. Little Gold Star is a Spanish American fairy tale similar to Cinderella. However, the role of fairy godmother is filled by Blessed Mary, showing the traditional Catholic influence in this culture. San Souci is always wonderful with words, but Martinez gives the story a serene beauty with his illustrations. The book has a peaceful feeling with its subdued tones. The reader knows the story will end happily and enjoys the journey to the end all the same. I highly recommend this book.

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