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BookCinderella Stories

Browse the list below for a selection of Cinderella stories from around the world. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.

Africa

The Egyptian Cinderella The Egyptian Cinderella
Climo, Shirley.
In this version of Cinderella set in Egypt in the sixth century B.C., Rhodopes, a slave girl, eventually comes to be chosen by the Pharaoh to be his queen.


Chinye : a West African folk tale Chinye : a West African folk tale
Onyefulu, Obi.
Chinye lives with her cruel stepmother and lazy stepsister, but her life changes for the better when a mysterious old woman in the forest directs her to a magic gourd.


Mufaro's beautiful daughters : an African tale Mufaro's beautiful daughters : an African tale
Steptoe, John, 1950-
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.





Americas

Ashpet : an Appalachian tale Ashpet : an Appalachian tale
Compton, Joanne.
In this Appalachian variant of the Cinderella tale, old Granny helps Ashpet attend the church picnic where she charms Doc Ellison's son but loses one of her fancy red shoes.


Adelita : a Mexican Cinderella story Adelita : a Mexican Cinderella story
De Paola, Tomie.
After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta.


The Turkey Girl : a Zuni Cinderella story The Turkey Girl : a Zuni Cinderella story
Pollock, Penny.
In this Indian variant of a familiar story, some turkeys make a gown of feathers for the poor girl who tends them so that she can participate in a sacred dance, but they desert her when she fails to return as promised.


The rough-face girl The rough-face girl
Martin, Rafe, 1946-
In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.


Domitila : a Cinderella tale from the Mexican tradition Domitila : a Cinderella tale from the Mexican tradition
Coburn, Jewell Reinhart.
By following her mother's admonition to perform every task with care and love, a poor young Mexican girl wins the devotion of the governor's son.


Cendrillon : a Caribbean Cinderella Cendrillon : a Caribbean Cinderella
San Souci, Robert D.
A Creole variant of the familiar Cinderella tale set in the Caribbean and narrated by the godmother who helps Cendrillon find true love.


Little gold star : a Spanish American Cinderella tale Little gold star : a Spanish American Cinderella tale
San Souci, Robert D.
A Spanish American retelling of the familiar story of a kind girl who is mistreated by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters. In this version, the Virgin Mary replaces the traditional fairy godmother.


The little seven-colored horse : a Spanish American folktale The little seven-colored horse : a Spanish American folktale
San Souci, Robert D.
With perseverance and the help of a magical horse, Juanito, the youngest son of a farmer, wins the hand of the mayor's beautiful daughter.


Sootface : an Ojibwa Cinderella story Sootface : an Ojibwa Cinderella story
San Souci, Robert D.
Although she is mocked and mistreated by her two older sisters, an Indian maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.


The talking eggs : a folktale from the American South The talking eggs : a folktale from the American South
San Souci, Robert D.
A Southern folktale in which kind Blanche, following the instructions of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.


Smoky Mountain Rose : an Appalachian Cinderella Smoky Mountain Rose : an Appalachian Cinderella
Schroeder, Alan.
In this variation on the Cinderella story, based on the Charles Perrault version but set in the Smoky Mountains, Rose loses her glass slipper at a party given by the rich feller on the other side of the creek.





Asia

The Korean Cinderella The Korean Cinderella
Climo, Shirley.
In this version of Cinderella set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife.


Jouanah, a Hmong Cinderella Jouanah, a Hmong Cinderella
Coburn, Jewell Reinhart.
Despite a cruel stepmother's schemes, Jouanah, a young Hmong girl, finds true love and happiness with the aid of her dead mother's spirit and a pair of special sandals.


Pigling : a Cinderella story : a Korean tale Pigling : a Cinderella story : a Korean tale
Jolley, Dan.


The enchanted anklet : a Cinderella story from India The enchanted anklet : a Cinderella story from India
Mehta, Lila, 1931-


Yeh-Shen : a Cinderella story from China Yeh-Shen : a Cinderella story from China
Louie, Ai-Ling.
This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000 years before the earliest European version.


The gift of the crocodile : a Cinderella story The gift of the crocodile : a Cinderella story
Sierra, Judy.
In this Indonesian version of the Cinderella story, a girl named Damura escapes her cruel stepmother and stepsister and marries a handsome prince with the help of Grandmother Crocodile.





Europe

The Irish Cinderlad The Irish Cinderlad
Climo, Shirley.
Becan, a poor boy belittled by his stepmother and stepsisters, rescues a princess in distress after meeting a magical bull.


Fair, Brown & Trembling : an Irish Cinderella story Fair, Brown & Trembling : an Irish Cinderella story
Daly, Jude.
This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her older sisters to become the bride of a prince, is based on a Irish folktale.


Billy Beg and his bull : an Irish tale Billy Beg and his bull : an Irish tale
Greene, Ellin, 1927-
With magical gifts from the bull his mother had given him, the son of an Irish king manages to prove his bravery and win a princess as his wife.


Princess Furball Princess Furball
Huck, Charlotte S.
A princess in a coat of a thousand furs hides her identity from a king who falls in love with her.


Toads and diamonds Toads and diamonds
Huck, Charlotte S.
Two step-sisters receive appropriate gifts for their actions: one's words are accompanied by flowers and jewels, the other's by toads and snakes.


Tattercoats Tattercoats
Jacobs, Joseph, 1854-1916.
Retells the traditional English tale of how poor, neglected Tattercoats comes to marry the Prince.


The way meat loves salt : a Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition The way meat loves salt : a Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition
Jaffe, Nina.
In this Eastern European Jewish variant of the Cinderella story, the youngest daughter of a rabbi is sent away from home in disgrace, but thanks to the help of the prophet Elijah, marries the son of a renowned scholar and is reunited with her family. Includes words and music to a traditional Yiddish wedding song.


Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
Mayer, Marianna.
A retelling of the old Russian fairy tale in which beautiful Vasilisa uses the help of her doll to escape from the clutches of the witch Baba Yaga, who in turn sets in motion the events which lead to the once ill-treated girl's marrying the tzar.


Raisel's riddle Raisel's riddle
Silverman, Erica.
A Jewish version of the Cinderella story, in which a poor but educated young women captivates her "Prince Charming" a rabbi's son, at a Purim ball.


Vasilissa the beautiful : a Russian folktale Vasilissa the beautiful : a Russian folktale
Winthrop, Elizabeth.
A retelling of the old Russian fairy tale in which beautiful Vasilissa uses the help of her doll to escape from the clutches of the witch Baba Yaga.





Middle East

The Persian Cinderella The Persian Cinderella
Climo, Shirley.
A retelling of the traditional Persian tale in which Settareh, neglected and abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, finds her life transformed with the help of a little blue jug.


The golden sandal : a Middle Eastern Cinderella The golden sandal : a Middle Eastern Cinderella
Hickox, Rebecca.
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.





Creative Retellings

Fanny's dream Fanny's dream
Buehner, Caralyn.
Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince, but when her fairy godmother doesn't show up, she decides on a local farmer instead.


Prince Cinders Prince Cinders
Cole, Babette.
A fairy grants a small, skinny prince a change in appearance and the chance to go to the Palace Disco.


Dinorella : a prehistoric fairy tale Dinorella : a prehistoric fairy tale
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
In this story, loosely based on that of Cinderella but featuring dinosaurs, the Duke falls in love with Dinorella when she rescues him from the dreaded deinonychus at the Dinosaur Dance.


Glass slipper, gold sandal : a worldwide Cinderella Glass slipper, gold sandal : a worldwide Cinderella
Fleischman, Paul.
The author draws from a variety of folk traditions to put together this version of Cinderella, including elements from Mexico, Iran, Korea, Russia, Appalachia, and more.


Cinderella (as if you didn't already know the story) Cinderella (as if you didn't already know the story)
Ensor, Barbara.
In this updated version of the Cinderella story, Cinderella writes letters to her dead mother apologizing for not being more assertive, which she remedies soon after marrying the prince.


Ella's big chance : a Jazz-Age Cinderella Ella's big chance : a Jazz-Age Cinderella
Hughes, Shirley, 1927-
In this version of the Cinderella tale set in the 1920s, Ella has two men courting her--the handsome Duke of Arc and Buttons the delivery boy.


Cinderella, the dog and her little glass slipper Cinderella, the dog and her little glass slipper
Goode, Diane.
In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, an attractive mutt wins the heart of a prince with the help of her canine grandmother.


Just Ella Just Ella
Haddix, Margaret Peterson.
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.


Cinder Edna Cinder Edna
Jackson, Ellen B., 1943-
Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.


Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella
Johnston, Tony, 1942-
This version of the familiar story in which a mistreated step-child finds happiness with the "man" of her dreams is set in the old-growth forest and features Bigfoot characters.


Cinderhazel : the Cinderella of Halloween Cinderhazel : the Cinderella of Halloween
Lattimore, Deborah Nourse.
An untidy witch named Hazel discovers that Prince Alarming likes dirt as much as she does.


Cinderellis and the glass hill Cinderellis and the glass hill
Levine, Gail Carson.
In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, a lonely young farm lad uses his unusual inventive ability to pass a nearly impossible test and win the hand of the neighboring princess.


Ella enchanted Ella enchanted
Levine, Gail Carson.
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.


Cindy Ellen : a wild western Cinderella Cindy Ellen : a wild western Cinderella
Lowell, Susan, 1950-
Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story.


Cinderella's rat Cinderella's rat
Meddaugh, Susan.
One of the rats that was turned into a coachman by Cinderella's fairy godmother tells his story.


Cinder-Elly Cinder-Elly
Minters, Frances.
In this rap version of the traditional fairy tale, the overworked younger sister gets to go to a basketball game and meets a star player, Prince Charming.


Joe Cinders Joe Cinders
Mitchell, Marianne, 1947-
With a "Hot diggety-dog!" and a wave of his white sombrero, cowboy Joe Cinders gets the girl in this Southwestern retelling of the Cinderella story.


Bound Bound
Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-
In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well.


I was a rat! I was a rat!
Pullman, Philip, 1946-
A little boy turns life in London upside down when he appears at the house of a lonely old couple and insists he was a rat.


Cinderella Skeleton Cinderella Skeleton
San Souci, Robert D.
A rhyming retelling of the story of a young woman who finds her prince at a Halloween ball despite the efforts of her wicked stepmother. The main characters are skeletons.



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