Summer Reading Prodject
Chinese Cinderella by: Adeline Yen Mah
Four-year-old Adeline proudly showed Aunt Baba the medal she received from the kindergarten teacher for being the best student of the week. Aunt Baba was proud of her little niece and put the certificate that Adele received along with the medal into her lock box, the same place she kept her precious jewels and other valuables. It meant so much to her. Aunt Baba had cared for Adeline since she was 3 days old,(when her mother died.) Adeline always asked to see pictures of her mother but Aunt Baba had no pictures of her. Adeline learned years later that her father had ordered all pictures of her mother destroyed. A little while after her moms death her father remarries a beautiful Eurasian woman named Jean. The children are told to call her Niang (a Chinese term for mother). She immediately began placing strict rules on her step children. After her two new children came along things just got worse for Adeline and her siblings. When they moved to there new home in Shanghai, Niang instructed them that they could only enter and leave the house through the servants' door. The living room was off-limits to them. They all had to share rooms on the hot third floor while Niang, Adeline's father and their two children had bedrooms on the air conditioned second floor. The stepchildren could only enter the second floor with permission from Niang.
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Adeline is a very smart young girl. She always does the right thing and she is always careful of others. She always makes wise decisions. Her motivation is to please Naing with her work. Because Adeline makes good grades she pleases her father and that makes her siblings mad. In this book Adeline feels like she is the "unwanted daughter".