Many cultures have a version of our Cinderella story. All these stories have something in common, mainly that a young girl is seen as worthless by someone in her life. This young girl somehow finds that she is worthy of the 'prince', whom all the other young girls want to marry.
Read some of the following stories and think about how they are similar, and how they are different. What are the stories trying to tell you? What do they tell you about the culture behind the story?
- Cinderella by Barbara McClintock
- The Rough Face Girl by Rafe Martin
- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
- Yeh Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai Louie
- Abadeha, the Philipene Cinderella by Myrna J. de la Paz
- Ashpet: an Appalachian Tale by Joanne Compton
- Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave by Marianna Mayer
- The Salmon Princess: An Alaskan Cinderella Story by Mindy Dwyer
- The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climbo
- The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climbo
- The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climbo
- The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climbo
- Cenderillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
- Chinye by Obi Onyefulu
- The Enchanted Anklet: A Cinderella Story from India by Lila Mehta
- The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox
There has been much written about Cinderella stories and they can be found in many different cultures and over many generations. Here is very interesting and thorough resource which was recommended to us by a library youth group. Thanks so much for your input. Keep on reading!