Cinderella stories

I needed some filler between Zoo Week and the Halloween stories we’ll be doing the last two weeks of October, so I decided to take this opportunity to read Mr. S some multicultural Cinderella stories.  There are so many versions of the Cinderella story out there, it was hard to decide on just a few!  I got the following from the library:

  • Hilary Knight’s Cinderella
  • Cendrillon: a Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
  • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • Kongi and Potgi:a Cinderella story from Korea by Oki S. Han
  • Domitila: a Cinderella tale from the Mexican tradition by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  • Yeh-Shen: a Cinderella story from China by Ai-Ling Louie
  • The Way Meat Loves Salt: a Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition by Nina Jaffe

I’m going to be reading the first three with Mr. S this week; the others are all beautiful stories, but a bit lengthy for our daily story time.  Yeh-Shen is illustrated by Ed Young, who won a Caldecott for Lon Po Po: a Red Riding-Hood story from China – it’s absolutely gorgeous, but unfortunately some thoughtful soul blacked out several key words throughout the narrative in the copy I got from the library, so I won’t be able to use that one this week.   I’m very excited about Shirley Climo’s Egyptian Cinderella; she’s written many versions of the story, including The Persian Cinderella and The Irish Cinderlad, but the Egyptian tale is the only one I could find at our local library.

Now I’m off to scour the internet for craft ideas!


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