Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella (Hardcover)

The Cambodian Cinderella

By Jewell R. Coburn, Eddie Flotte (Illustrator)

Shens Books, 9781885008091, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1998



In the first English language retelling of this ancient Cambodian tale, our heroine goes further, survives more, and has to conquer even her own mortality to regain her rightful place. Cambodia's Cinderella, Angkat--child of ashes--endures great wrongs as she seeks to rise above distresses caused by her own family.

"Angkat" appeared in an 18th century French essay which was found by Dr. Coburn deep in some dusty archives while researching Khmer culture and folklore. She was drawn to the story immediately, and the rest is now history.

Eddie Flotte, an internationally-known watercolorist, places the reader in the scene of the story. He broadens the storytelling by effectively employing expressions, gestures, lighting, and ambiance in each illustration.