“When I read it, I got so sucked into the story that I totally forgot to make the connection of the contents with the title (until the end).
A very "Eastern version" of the childhood classic. ”
“Chinese Cinderella is the true account of the young years of author Adeline Yen Mah, and the neglect and disdain she faced at the hands of her uncaring stepmother after her real mother passed away. Considered bad luck, Adeline is largely ignored by her family, feelings with which she wrestles throughout the story. Chinese Cinderella appeals to adolescent readers on a number of levels. First, it is a fitting addition to any multicultural unit. Secondly, it is a powerfully personal memoir. Finally, it is an affirming read for any student struggling with family issues. A must read!
Interest Level: Grade 9
Lexile Measure: 960L
Genre: Multicultural, Non-Fiction
“The story revolves around a girl name Jun-ling. Jun-ling is a strong little girl that is unwanted by her own family. Her siblings had thought that she was the reason why her mother died. Her mother gave birth to her and two weeks after she passed away from being very sick. This made her family think that she was the one who killed her mother and never forgave her. Jun-ling only had her grandma and aunt’s hope as a way to ignore all the hatred. It was already bad enough getting ignored at home, and father has remarried to a women name Niang and had more children. Niang would always favorite every one of the kids but Jun-ling. Spoiling them by getting whatever they want. Soon enough she realize that Grandmother Nai Nai was her only true family member. ”Esther C. wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A heart wrenching biography of a Chinese girl who is not wanted by her family and how she goes about proving herself to be worthy of love. This book made me think of Chu Ju's house which is a fictional book and it does also connect with Cinderella, but not really until the end do you fully understand why. This sad story does have a happy ending and certainly was eye opening in many ways. (nonfiction)”Kaylee Warzecha wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kyra Gomes 9/9/13
Book Review Final
Summative Assessment Project 25 Points
Have you ever thought about how it would feel to be shunned all your life then to defy your required destiny and follow your dreams? Thatʻs Adelineʻs life, for you. The Title of this book is Chinese Cinderella written by Adeline Yen Mah. The Genre of this glorious book is Autobiography. The lexile is 940 and it has 224 pages. On a scale of 15 I rate this book a 5 because this book kept me on the edge of my seat. This book made me almost cry, and lionize when the idyllic protagonist prevailed, those are some reasons why I love this book.
One setting in this book is Shanghai, this is where Adelines’ true home is and where most of the story takes place, this setting is also, important because Shanghai is also Adelinesʻ first language. Adeline is a brave young girl who is chinese and who wants to have her parents love and approval. Also, she wants to make her Yeye proud of her and become a successful woman. Niang is Adelines’ nefarious step mother just like in the fairy tales wants to ruin Adelines’ life by not letting Adeline have any fun in life. Adeline went to her friend’s party without telling Niang, scared her Niang would scold her for asking. When Niang found out, she made Adeline’s dad whip adeline. In this book the authorʻs message is never give up and believe that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
I would recommend this novel to girls because it was a book that I believe that girls would enjoy, not to mention that this book is an aweinspiring book, and I would have no hesitation to say that this was the best novel Iʻve ever read. Girls should also read this book because it has a lot of girl qualities in it, such as weddings, necklaces, big parties, dresses, etc. The best part of
the book was when Adelineʻs friend had her birthday party and invited Adeline to her party. For me this is my favorite part of the book because when Adeline described the party and the food that would be served at the party it made me think about when I played those games and did those things with my friends. Also, reading about the food that would be served put a lovely image in my head and made my mouth water.
I didnʻt dislike this book in anyway except when Niang was cruel to Adeline, but thatʻs what I believe you should feel when the villain is so well described. I think that this book could be improved by making it longer, because I didnʻt want it to end! Here is my favorite quote quote from the book, the speech that showed she was special and she came out of her shell. “Fellow classmates! Wu chunmei has nominated me as a candidate for class president. She doesnʻt know it, but I think she should be the candidate instead of me. Not only is she a natural leader and a superb linguist, she is also our school champion in shuttlecock, pingpong and badminton. Compared to her, I am truly a nobody. My only attribute is that I have never been absent from school in the five years Iʻve been coming here. the reason for this is because I love my school and prefer to be here than anywhere else.””
“You probably know the story of Cinderella, but have you ever been in her shoes? Well, Adeline sure has. Her horrible stepmother made her miserable for unfair reasons. If you want to find out if Adeline ever got to have a normal life, stop your pumpkin carriage! The title of this story is Chinese Cinderella. It was written by Adeline Yen Mah. The genre of this book is autobiography. The lexile of this 197 page book is 960.
I rate this book a FIVE because the author wrote the book in a way that you could really feel her emotions. I could feel the sadness and cruelty she had to deal with. This is a very inspiring story. When I read this, it made me feel grateful for what I have.
A setting that is important to this story is Shanghai because this is where Adeline’s second house was. Shanghai was like any other city in China and was described as a “large port city a thousand miles away.” It had a tram, schools, houses and shops and was an ordinary place to live. The house Adeline and her family lived in was not a place you would want to be because of the kind of people that lived there. This included Niang and some of Adelineʻs siblings. Most of the main conflicts happened in this house.
The protagonist was Adeline (Jun-Ling), a Chinese girl with three brothers, one half brother, one sister and one half sister. She was like a “Chinese Cinderella” because she was unwanted and mistreated by her family. She excelled in school but felt like she was failing at home. It seemed that she could not do anything right in her family. All she wanted was to fit in. Her goal was to get a good education and to be loved and cared for. Niang, stepmother of Adeline, was a very cruel and vicious woman. She was pretty on the outside, but inside, she was rotten. She was like a nice looking dog with designer clothes and a vicious attitude. Niang’s goal was to be Adeline’s boss and punisher.
One conflict that was resolved was when Adeline wanted to go away to school. She had to ask her dad to pay for her education in England. This was hard for her because her parents disliked her. She had to conquer her fears and go for it.
The authorʻs message was to never give up and be grateful for what you have because Adeline didnʻt give up and eventually got a good education. We also have to be grateful for what we have because Adeline was unwanted and barely had any happiness in her life. This makes me extremely thankful and grateful for what I have and what I have been given.
I would definitely recommend this novel because the way the author wrote the book really lets you feel and embrace the characterʻs feelings. Since this book was an autobiography, the author was able to really express her feelings which made the story more believable.
I suggest that girls read this novel because they could connect to this book in so many ways. I also recommend this book to anyone who likes to read autobiographies because the author wrote about herself and the problems she went through.
I liked that the author was very detailed when it came to her life, her feelings and other’s feelings. You could picture everything in your head. I could feel the pain and agony she went through all the time. For example, when she said “I understood dimly how important it was for both of us to relish the dream, though I could think of nothing but the heartrending prospect of being sent away from her forever.” This sentence shows how much detail and feeling the author put into this book. The plot could have been improved by including what happened after she went to college. Did she get along with her stepmother after that? Do they just ignore each other? The book was so spectacular that I wish there was a second book!
“Summer reading book”Karena S wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book is about an unwanted daughter ad how she survives her life with a mean family”Eve Hartwell wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was very sad, it had a great ending though i love the book it was entertaining and it made me want to keep reading ”April wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was very emotional for me. I found it incredible to comprehend that Adeline Yen Mah had such a rollercoaster of a childhood. I also really enjoyed learning about China, and how World War II affected the Chinese people. I appreciated how Adeline Yen Mah used many opportunities to teach the reader about Chinese culture. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading memoirs, learning more about Chinese culture, or who likes reading emotional dramas.”Kim K wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No