C is for Cinderellas


As long as there are abused children, or even children who believe their siblings have an easier time of it than they, there will be Cinderella stories to heal their wounds.


Cinderella Paper Doll by John B. Gruelle (Yes, that’s Johnny Gruelle who created Raggedy Ann). From McCalls Magazine in 1911.

The Blue Bull
The Brocaded Slipper
Cendrillon, The Cinder Maid
The Glass Slipper
Fair, Brown, and Trembling
Gold Star
Katie Woodencloak
Little Burnt Face
The Little Red Fish and the Clog of Gold
The Magic Orange Tree
Sodewa Bai
Vasilisa the Beautiful
. . . and more, of course.

To get through the known variants, you would have to read one a day for a year!

Do you have several Cinderella variants in your library? If not, try these:

Climo, Shirley, The Egyptian Cinderella illustrated by Ruth Heller. HarperCollins, 1989.

Louie, Ai-Ling, Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China illustrated by Ed Young. Perfection Learning, 1996.

Martin, Rafe, The Rough-Face Girl, illustrated by David Shannon. Putnam Juvenile, 1992.

Also, check out the Cinderella pages on Heidi Ann Heimer’s Sur La Lune fairy tale site. (http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/cinderella/other.html)

4 responses

  1. Do you know of any Jewish “Cinderella” stories? I have yet to find any and those are the stories I like to tell.

  2. Sue I love your idea of the world Cinderella map! I seem to remember that research has pushed up the variants to more like three years worth now.

  3. Hi Mary Grace,
    I’ve enjoyed your posts of characters found in the 398.2 section of our libraries! True goodness of heart is Cinderella in so many of those tales from around the world. I know our 2nd graders in Texas compare and contrast fairytales, folktales, and legends from around the world. It would be fun for them to pinpoint on the world map the Cinderella stories along with the cultural setting, foods, clothing, shelter, etc.