We all know the Disney story of Cinderella, her prince, and her fairy godmother. This version was inspired by the fairy tale as it became popular in Western culture thanks to the Brothers Grimm, though the tale of Cinderella is believed to be much older and thought to date from ninth-century China. In all versions, the story is of a young woman who has an isolated and lonely life until her circumstances are dramatically improved.
Paul Fleischman’s book Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella incorporates multiple variations of the story from around the world. It shows us just a small example of how different cultures have adapted the story.
Check out these other world-wide versions of a classic fairy tale available at the library:
The Rough-face Girl by Rafe Martin (Native American)
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie DePaola
Domitila: A Cinderella Tale From the Mexican Tradition by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
Cinderella by Chloe Perkins (Mexico)
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story From China by Ai-Ling Louie
Cinderella: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella by Rebecca Hickox
The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony Manna
Fair, Brown & Trembling: An Irish Cinderella Story by Jude Daly
Amelia is a Librarian Assistant at the Austintown and Michael Kusalaba branches of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. She enjoys warmer weather and reading fun beach reads!