Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella

By Dr. Jewell Coburn
Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Paperback: $11.95

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Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella takes readers to the remote mountains of Southeast Asia, to the traditional home of the Laotian Hmong. All essential Cinderella elements are here—startling transformation, a kind-hearted but mistreated central character, and an evil stepfamily. However, let us not forget the fairy godmother, a handsome Elder’s son who comes to the rescue, the dainty shoe, and the most important element of all—love!

Gorgeous artwork remains faithful in the depiction of the Hmong lifestyle and the high mountain villages. Readers will make a place in their hearts for this newest and loveliest addition to children’s literature.

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About the Creators

Thumb_dr._jewell_reinhart_coburn_small Dr. Jewell Coburn - Author

Dr. Jewell Reinhart Coburn is the author of many books on storytelling and folklore. Dr. Coburn has lived abroad and studied an array of diverse cultures. She is the recipient of a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and of two honorary degrees, plus many literary awards. She is the author of two titles in Shen's Cinderella series.

Thumb_thumb Anne Sibley O'Brien

was raised in South Korea from the time she was seven years old. She now works full time as a writer and illustrator of children’s books and is the illustrator of the popular Jamaica series. She also wrote and illustrated Bebop Books’ SISTER, SISTER. When she isn’t painting or writing for children, Anne writes a monthly feature column for The Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Anne lives with her husband on Peaks Island, Maine. They have two grown children. Visit her online at