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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.

Brown, Marcia. Cinderella.
NY: Macmillian, 1954.

Caldecott winner.

Buehner, Caralyn. Fanny's Dream.
NY: Dial, 1996.

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.

Contains links to Internet resources and bibliographies of Cinderella reference books, articles, and fiction.

The Cinderella Project.

A text and image archive of a dozen English language versions of Cinderella published between 1729 and 1912.

Climo, Shirley. The Egyptian Cinderella.
NY: Crowell, 1989.

_____. The Irish Cinderlad.
NY: HarperCollins, 1996.

_____. The Korean Cinderella.
NY: HarperCollins, 1993.

Cole, Babette. Prince Cinders.
Hamish Hamilton's Children's Books, 1987.

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 o'Rushes.
Kraus Reprint, 1967.

Dundes, Alan (Ed.). Cinderella: A Folklore Casebook.
NY: Garland Publishing, 1982. Reprinted by University of Wisconsin Press, 1988.

Ehrlich, Amy. Cinderella.
NY: Dial, 1985.

Ever After.
Movie starring Drew Barrymore.

Farjeon, Eleanor. The Glass Slipper.
1954. NY: J.P. Lippincott, reprinted 1983.

Lovely novel with a very musical sound to its prose.

Goode, Diane. Cinderella.
NY: Knopf, 1988.

Hickox, Rebecca. The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story.
NY: Holiday House, 1998.

Hooks, William H. Moss Gown.
NY: Clarion, 1987.

Cinderella in the American South.

Huck, Charlotte. Princess Furball.
NY: Greenwillow, 1989.

Retelling of the English version Cinderella, "Catskin."

Jackson, Ellen. Cinder Edna.
NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shephard, 1994.

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.
NY: Holt, 1999.

European-Jewish Cinderella story.

Johnston, Tony. Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella.
NY: Putnam's, 1998.

Karlin, Barbara. Cinderella.
NY: Little, Brown, 1989.

Ketterman, Helen. Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale.
NY: Scholastic, 1997.

His godcow helps the stepson of a wicked cattle rancher.

Lattimore, Deborah Nourse. Cinderhazel: The Cinderella of Halloween.
NY: Scholastic, 1997.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
NY: HarperCollins, 1997.

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.

Louie, Ai-Ling. Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China.
NY: Philomel, 1982.

Lum, Darrell. The Golden Slipper: a Vietnamese Legend. NY: Troll, 1994.

Martin, Rafe. The Rough-Face Girl.
NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1992.

Algonquin Indian Cinderella.

Meddaugh, Susan. Cinderella's Rat.
NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Mehta, Lila. The Enchanted Anklet: A Cinderella Story from India.
Toronto: Lilmur, 1985.

Minters, Frances. Cindere-elly.
NY: Viking, 1994.

A modern, school-aged Cinderella story, told in rhyme.

Perlman, Janet. Cinderella Penguin or The Little Glass Slipper.
NY: Viking, 1992.

Philip, Neil. The Cinderella Story: The Origins and Variations of the Story Known as "Cinderella".
London: Penguin Books, 1989.

Pollock, Penny. The Turkey Girl: A Zauni Cinderella Story.
NY: Little, Brown, 1996.

San Souci, Robert D. Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella.
NY: Simon & Schuster. 1998.

_____. Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story.
NY: Doubleday, 1994.

Schroeder, Alan. Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella.
NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997.

Shorto, Russell. Cinderella's Stepsister, and, Cinderella: the Untold Story.
Carol Publishing Group, 1990.

A standard version of Cinderella back-to-back with a version by the "evil" stepsister.

Sierra, Judy. Cinderella (The Oryx Multicultural Folktales Series).
Oryx Press, 1992.

24 Cinderella stories from a wide range of cultures.

Silverman, Erica. Raisel's Riddle.
NY: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1999.

Jewish-European Cinderella.

Steptoe, John. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale.
NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1987.

Winthrop, Elizabeth. Vasilissa the Beautiful.
NY: HarperCollins, 1991.

Russian Cinderella.

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