The Enchanted Anklet, A Cinderella Story from India. Translated and Adapted by Lila Mehta. Illustrated by Neela Chhaniara. A Month of Cinderellas Continued.

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The book begins with a foreword by Joseph T. O’Connell, Professor of Saints Michael’s College, University of Toronto. It discusses the unique qualities of this East Indian Cinderella tale.

The illustrations are pen and pencil crayon and seem a bit amateurish. Most double spread have a full-page illustration and a full page of text. All the words in italics are explained in a glossary at the back of the book.

In this version a white water snake with ared jewel on his head plays the role of the fairy godmother. Instead of losing a slipper, and anklet plays the pivotal role. The Indian wedding is explained in detail.

The prince refuses to allow Cinduri’s stepmother and stepsister to live with them in the castle. Because they never worked before, they soon find themselves destitute and die a shocking death.

The book ends with an explanation of the white snake by the author.

This book feels like the type of text students would use in university to compare Cinderella fairy tales and not necessarily one that would be enjoyed by children.

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