The Irish Cinderlad

Title: The Irish Cinderlad

Bibliographic information: Climo, S. (1996). The Irish Cinderlad. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Brief annotation: This is a Cinderella Story from Ireland. It is a story about a young boy who only worries about his large feet…until his father gets remarried. His step-family treats him terribly so he runs away. On his journey he defeats a giant, slays a dragon and saves a princess. He leaves before the princess can thank him, leaving only a very large boot. The princess travels across the entire kingdom looking for the owner of the boot.

Genre: Folktale

Grade level: 3rd – 5th grade

Who will like this book: Reader’s who enjoy Cinderella and other folktales will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book. I like that the author put a male twist on a familiar female story.

Question: What can you tell me about the story just from the title?

Learning Strategy: Double-Entry Journal – I think that this would be a good learning strategy because they can have parts from this story in one column and compare it to Cinderella in the other.


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