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Why the immense popularity of Cinderella? More than 1,500 versions of the basic story have been recorded around the world seeming to have made its way to Europe from Asia. The story appeared in The Miscellaneous Record of Yu Yang, a book which dates from the T'ang dynasty (618-907 A.D.). The author was Tuan Ch'eng-Shih. Martin writes, "To see good rewarded and evil punished, or justice, is rare. Stories, however, pass on the realities not of the everyday world but of the human heart. One way in which the universal yearning for justice has been kept alive is by the many tales of Cinderella .In each version, the cruel and thoughtless at last get their just reward, as do those who are kind and good" (Martin, title page). The Cinderella literature includes traditional tales, the traditional French versions, novels, poems, and spin-offs and parodies.
A humorous and warm picture book for all ages about an American small town girl with big dreams, a loving heart, and a whole lot of common sense. Fanny makes some surprising decisions about the nature of Prince Charming and the need for fairy godmothers.
Children's Literature Web Guide: Variations on the Cinderella Story. http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/cinderella.html
Contains links to Internet resources and bibliographies of Cinderella reference books, articles, and fiction.
A text and image archive of a dozen English language versions of Cinderella published between 1729 and 1912.
Climo, Shirley. The
_____. The Irish
_____. The Korean
Cole, Babette. Prince
A Prince who yearns to be big and hairy like his brothers gets his wish in an unusual way.
Cox, Marian Roalfe.
Cinderella: 345 Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap
Dundes, Alan (Ed.).
Cinderella: A Folklore Casebook.
Farjeon, Eleanor. The
Lovely novel with a very musical sound to its prose.
Hickox, Rebecca. The
Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story.
Hooks, William H.
Cinderella in the American South.
Retelling of the English version Cinderella, "Catskin."
The stories of Cinderella and Cinder-Edna, who both have cruel stepmothers & cruel stepsisters, but who have different approaches to life, allowing one to end up much happier than the other.
Jaffe, Nina. The Way
Meat Loves Salt.
European-Jewish Cinderella story.
Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale.
His godcow helps the stepson of a wicked cattle rancher.
Nourse. Cinderhazel: The Cinderella of Halloween.
Levine, Gail Carson.
A retelling of the Cinderella story for young adults with a heroine of courage, ambition, intelligence, and humor. A fairy bestows on the infant princess Ella the "gift" of obedience. This gift quickly becomes a curse, as no matter how silly or hurtful the command may be, Ella must carry it out. If she tries to resist, she becomes physically ill.
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China.
Lum, Darrell. The Golden Slipper: a Vietnamese Legend. NY: Troll, 1994.
Martin, Rafe. The
Algonquin Indian Cinderella.
Mehta, Lila. The
Enchanted Anklet: A Cinderella Story from India.
A modern, school-aged Cinderella story, told in rhyme.
Cinderella Penguin or The Little Glass Slipper.
Philip, Neil. The
Cinderella Story: The Origins and Variations of the Story
Known as "Cinderella".
Pollock, Penny. The
Turkey Girl: A Zauni Cinderella Story.
San Souci, Robert D.
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella.
_____. Sootface: An
Ojibwa Cinderella Story.
Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella.
Cinderella's Stepsister, and, Cinderella: the Untold
A standard version of Cinderella back-to-back with a version by the "evil" stepsister.
Cinderella (The Oryx Multicultural Folktales
24 Cinderella stories from a wide range of cultures.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale.
Vasilissa the Beautiful.