Jouanah has ratings and 29 reviews. Lisa said: I read my Goodreads’ friend Abigail’s review of this book and immediately reserved the book at the lib. Jouanah, A Hmong Cinderella is the familiar story of Cinderella, the poor overworked step-daughter who marries the handsome prince, in the setting and context. Kindergarten-Grade 3. This tender variant of the Cinderella story from the Hmong people of Asia takes place in a peasant village. After Jouanah’s mother is.

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Did you discuss this with your roommate? Overall, this is an entertaining story with wonderful illustrations. The pictures give the words a clearer and deeper meaning. Once their life is stable, the father marries another woman instead of turning his wife back from cow to woman. While there were a lot of Hmong cultural markers in the story, I feel like the gist of the culture was somehow missed.

So she turned into a cow and the fields were grate but the husband selfishly kept her a cow and remarried. Touching picture book story in the manner of Cinderella about a Hmong girl who dreams of meeting her man.

It is about a young girl whose father and mother need a cow to do work on their farm in Laos. Take three vines and wound them three times around your ankles, three times around the wrists and three cindefella around the head and you become a cow.


Jouanah, A Hmong Cinderella Book Review

The Widow’s Broom Chris van Allsburg. Favorite Children’s Literature Sites! When Jouanah and Shee-Nang leave her house to go to his house, that is completely taboo in Hmong culture! All of the young men stared discreetly at her, and she blushed to see them do so. And the woman played sick again, and begged her husband to get counsel from the spirit of the tree again. This also might be an option for using I thought this was a very interesting take on the traditional cinderella story.

This is why little birds helped Cinderella help herself. They had no cow, which would have been a big help.

This was a typical fairytale, with all the pros and cons that come hmonf it. A spindle is the tool used to spin thread; tow is the bundle of raw fibers waiting to be spun.

I wish that the ‘author’ could have done a little more research into the culture so that at least the taboos weren’t being shown in here as if they were everyday occurrences.

He followed her — but it was too hmomg. Feb 22, Tony rated it it was amazing Shelves: The man who could swallow a huge bowl of steaming hot soup with rice first, would be allowed to buy the cow.

She struggled with learning to spin jousnah, so her mother, the cow, spun it upon her horns. His search took him from village to village, but nowhere could he find that maiden. This book was a really fun read. She wondered if the townspeople would know who she was.


And I cared about Jouanah. Beneath them were a glorious headdress and two exquisite purses bordered with coins that jingled musically. The village, they knew, would bless their love. Why do you think that cows and bulls were so important in people’s lives? Want to Read saving…. Its spirit will tell you how to help me.

Jouanah wants to go but her stepmother makes it impossible. On the day of the hong celebration, she “called to Jouanah. Mar 17, Ricky Yang rated it liked it. It is my hope to increase appreciation of different cultures, especially Hispanic cultures.

Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella

And they live happily ever after. He did not restore her to her human form as he should have — instead he married another woman!

Shen’s Books, E. Hmnog accordian skirt flared wide when she tried it on, and she spun like a brightly colored top. I loved this book, it was very well written and was well illustrated!