Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella
by Myrna de la Paz, illus. by Youshan Tang was reviewed in MultiCultural Review
"This variation of Cinderella, adapted from Filipino folklore, bursts forth with illustrations that take on a rainbow-like effect. The story features Abadeha, whose widowed father has recently remarried a selfish woman with daughters of her own. When her stepmother taunts her with impossible tasks, like washing two handkerchiefs until the black one turns white and the white one turns black, Abadeha calls on her mother and other spirits. The Spirit of the Forest solves her problems and gives the girl a sarimanok,
a chicken with beautiful feathers. Like the Chinese Yeh-Shen and her magical fish, Abadeha loses her chicken to her stepmother, who cooks it for dinner, and is told by the Spirit to bury the chicken's feet at her mother's grave. A tree full of jewels and treasures grows at the site and is discovered by the son of the island chieftain, who picks a ring from the tree. But when the young man cannot remove the ring and has a dream of a maiden who came, he searches every house for the girl who can remove the ring and vows to make her his wife."