Introduction

When you hear the Cinderella what do you think about? 

 

Typically when one thinks of Cinderella they think of a fairy 


godmother, an evil stepmother, a prince, and a glass slipper.  


    The story of Cinderella is one of the most well-known fairy tales with hundreds of versions being told all over the world.  Cinderella’s origins are found in 9th century China, where the tale is known as “Yeh-Shen," although most people recognize best the French version popularized by Charles Perrault in the late 1600’s.  With nearly every culture touting some variation of this tale, the study and comparison of Cinderella stories is a great way to foster cross-cultural comparisons in the classroom while teaching literacy and making connections across the curriculum.  



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