DescriptionTeacher's guide. Estrellita de oro / Little Gold Star Teaching Guide
A Hispanic Cinderella tale
Listen to a great report on Little Gold Star which was featured on NPR!
Like every Cinderella tale, Little Gold Star is a wonderful celebration of the human spirit. As always, the kind heroine triumphs over her envious stepmother and stepsisters. But in this humorous version, the teller weaves the enchanting elements of the story to show us how the inner qualities of the characters are revealed in their appearance. Each girl has an encounter with a magical hawk. When the heroine is kind to the bird, she receives a gold star on her forehead; but when her spiteful sisters go in search of their own gold stars, one is rewarded with a donkey's ear and the other gets a cow's horn. You can just imagine how a prince would feel about asking those two stepsisters to be his bride!
Joe Hayes tells one of the world's favorite folktales in Spanish and English. The Cinderella story is common to cultures the world over. Spanish settlers brought the tale to the New World centuries ago, and through many tellings it evolved into Little Gold Star.
Watch Joe tell Little Gold Star / Estrellita de Oro in English and Spanish in these free, online videos, part of the Joe Hayes Storytelling Collection.