Sep
15

Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition

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Retold/Adapted By Jewell Reinhart Coburn

Illustrated By Connie McLennan

Can you imagine a tale of “Cinderella” set in rural Mexico?  This is exactly what you’ll find in the book, Domotila, where the story takes places in the region of Hidalgo, Mexico, complete with adobe houses, colorful villages and young girl so talented she can turn cactus into a delicious treat called nopales.  And, in everything she does, she follows her mother’s wonderful advice: “Do every task with care and always add a generous dash of love!”.

As you probably guessed, the young girl is named Domitila and her family falls upon hard times.  She is forced to travel to the city to cook and work for the governor’s family and there she encounters the “prince”.  Through many twists and turns, the story leads to a satisfying ending where the value of a kind and caring person is seen as real talent and beauty.

Although there’s something magical about any Cinderalla tale – this one truly shines in terms of cultural authenticity and an engaging story. This is a satisfying book to read together with children as well as a great pick for bilingual families or those wishing to learn a bit more Spanish.

And there’s even a recipe for cactus nopales – cook it, if you dare!


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[…] of My Favorite Multicultural Books, reviewed Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition, retold by Jewell Reinhart Coburn. This wonderful story takes place in rural Hidalgo, Mexico, and […]

2

I love nopales and what wonderful message to do each task with care and love. Sounds like a really lovely version of Cinderella.

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I am so glad that you reviewed this book- can you believe I hadn’t heard of it!:)??? My girls were so excited to hear of a Mexican Cinderella! Thank you for introducing us to her:).