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Cinderella Stories

This list of variations on the Cinderella story was initially compiled by Kathy Martin from suggestions by readers of the CHILDLIT mailing list. I have added additional titles suggested by Jean Rusting and others. Doris Dale has added additional titles and bibliographical information.

Internet Resources

The Cinderella Project. A text and image archive of a dozen English-language versions of Cinderella published between 1729 and 1912. The texts used come from the collections of the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Information about Judy Sierra's book, Cinderella (cited below), including a sample chapter ("Allerleirauh, or the Many-furred Creature") is available through the Oryx Press Home Page.

The variants Tattercoats, Cap o'Rushes, and The Princess and the Golden Shoes from the Tales of Wonder site.

The Twelve Months, a Slav Legend by Alexander Chodzko, adapted by Frances Olcott Jenkins. This version originally published in Good Stories for Great Holidays (1914). Web Version from the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center.

Teaching ideas by Jean Rusting:

A sound clip from the "enlightened" version of Cinderella, according to Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.

Reference Books

* Cinderella (The Oryx Multicultural Folktales Series), by Judy Sierra. Oryx Press, 1992. (24 Cinderella stories from a wide range of cultures)

*Cinderella, a Folklore Casebook, edited by Alan Dundes. Garland Publishing, 1982. Reprinted by University of Wisconsin Press, 1988.

*The Cinderella Story, by Neil Philip. Penguin Books, 1989. (Penguin Folklore Library.)

*Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-Five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap o'Rushes, by Marian Roalfe Cox, with an introduction by Andrew Lang (1893). Kraus Reprint, 1967

*Eight Cinderellas, by Nancy Polette (Book Lures).

*Fantasy Literature in the Classroom, by Monica R. Edinger. Scholastic, 1995

*The Multicultural Cinderella, by J.D. Rusting. Rusting Educational Services (4523 Elinora Ave., Oakland, CA, 94619), 1994 with updates.

*The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title, and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children, by Margaret Read MacDonald. Neal-Schuman, 1982.

*The Uses of Enchantment: the Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, by Bruno Bettelheim. Knopf, 1976.


Melinda L. Franklin, "Ellen at the Ball: Ellen Foster as a Cinderella Tale." ALAN Review, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall 1995), pp. 16-17.

John Gough, "Rivalry, Rejection, and Recovery," Children's Literature in Education, vol. 21. no. 2 (June 1990) pp 99-107. (How the story has influenced modern writers)

Jane Yolen's "America's Cinderella" is in Children's Literature in Education, vol. 8 no. 1 (1977) pp 21 -29. (also in Alan Dundes' Cinderella, a Folklore Casebook)

Picture Books and Full-Length Versions

*Abadeha, the Philippine Cinderella, by Myrna J. de la Paz. Los Angeles: Pazific Queen, 1991

*Ashpet: an Appalachian Tale, retold by Joanne Compton, illustrated by Kenn Compton. Holiday House, 1994.

*Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, as told by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by K. Y. Craft. Morrow Junior Books, 1994. (Russian)

*Billy Beg and his Bull: an Irish Tale, retold by Ellin Greene, illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root. Holiday House, 1994.

*Boots and the Glass Mountain, by Claire Martin. Dial Books, 1992. (Norway)

*Chinye: a West African Folk Tale, retold by Obi Onyefulu; illustrated by Evie Safarewicz, 1994.

*Cinder Edna, by Ellen Jackson, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley. Lothrop, 1994.

*Cinder-Elly, by Frances Minters, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Viking, 1994. (Rap version)

*Cinderella, adapted from Perrault's Cendrillon by John Fowles; illustrated by Sheilah Beckett. Little Brown, 1974.

*Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper,a free translation from the French of Chales Perrault, illustrated by Marcia Brown. Scribner, 1954 (Caldecott medal winner)

*Cinderella, retold by David Delamare. Simon & Schuster, 1993. (Illustrations are Venetian inspired. The prince is named Fidelio)

*Cinderella, illustrated by Paul Galdone. McGraw-Hill, 1978.

*Cinderella, retold from The Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian. Greenwillow Books, 1981.

*Cinderella, retold by Amy Ehrlich; illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1985. (From the Charles Perrault version)

*Cinderella, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti. Creative Education, 1983. (From the Charles Perrault version; illustrations set in the 1920's)

*Cinderella, by Barbara Karlin; illustrated by James Marshall. Little Brown, 1989.

*Cinderella, illustrated by Moira Kemp, 1981.

*Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Errol Le Cain. Bradbury Press, 1972. (Charles Perrault)

*Cinderella: from the Opera by Rossini, written and illustrated by Beni Montresor. Knopf, 1965.

*Cinderella, retold by C.S. Evans; illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Knopf, 1993. (Originally published in 1919 by Heinemann)

*Cinderella, translated by Anne Rogers (from the Grimm version), illustrated by Otto Svend. Larousse, 1978.

*Cinderella, by William Wegman, with Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman Hyperion, 1993. (Told with photos of costumed Weimaraners)

*Cinderella Penguin, or, The Little Glass Flipper, by Janet Perlman, 1992.

*The Cinderella Rebus Book, Ann Morris, 1989.

*Cinderella's Stepsister, and, Cinderella: the Untold Story, as told by Russell Shorto, illustrated by T. Lewis. Carol Pub. Group, 1990. (A standard version back-to-back with a version by the "evil" stepsister)

*The Egyptian Cinderella, by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Ruth Heller. HarperCollins, 1989.

*Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons. Vintage Contemporaries, 1987. (See Melinda Franklin's article)

*The Enchanted Anklet: A Cinderella Story from India translated and adapted by Lila Mehta, illustrated by Neela Chhaniara. Toronto: Lilmur, 1985.

*The Glass Slipper, by Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon, illustrated by Hugh Stevenson. Wingate, 1946. (A novel-length version)

*The Golden Slipper: a Vietnamese Legend, by Darrell Lum, illustrated by Makiko Nagano. Troll, 1994.

*In the Land of Small Dragon: A Vietnamese Folktale, told by Dang Manh Kha to Ann Nolan Clark, illustrated by Tony Chen. Viking Press, 1979.

*Kao and the Golden Fish: a Folktale from Thailand, as remembered by Wilai Punpattanakul-Crouch retold by Cheryl Hamada, illustrated by Monica Liu. Chidren's Press, 1993.

*Korean Cinderella, story edited by Edward B. Adams, illustrations by Dong Ho Choi. Seoul International Tourist Pub. Co., 1983.

*The Korean Cinderella, by Shirley Climo, 1993.

*Lily and the Wooden Bowl, Alan Schroeder, illustrated by Yoriko Ito. Doubleday, 1994. (Japan)

*Little Firefly: an Algonquin Legend, written and adapted by Terri Cohlene, illustrated by Charles Reasoner. Rourke Corp., 1990.

*Moss Gown, by William D. Hooks, illustrated by Donald Carrick. Clarion Books, 1987. (Southern U.S.)

*Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, by John Steptoe. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1987. (Zimbabwe)

*Nomi and the Magic Fish: a Story from Africa, by Phumla, illustrated by Carole Byard. Doubleday, 1972. (Zulu)

*Prince Cinders, by Babette Cole, 1987.

*Princess Furball, by Charlotte Huck; illustrated by Anita Lobel. Scholastic, 1989.

*Queen of the May, by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Patience Brewster. Holiday House, 1993

*The Rough-Face Girl, by Rafe Martin, illustrated by David Shannon. Putnam, 1992. (Algonquin Indian)

*Sidney Rella and the Glass Sneaker, by Bernice Myers. Macmillan, 1985.

*Silver Woven in My Hair, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Atheneum, 1977. (Novel-length)

*Sootface: an Ojibwa Cinderella Story, retold by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Daniel San Souci. Doubleday Book for Young Readers, 1994.

*The Starlight Cloak, retold by Jenny Nimmo, pictures by Justin Todd. Dial Book for Young Readers, 1993.

*The Talking Eggs: a Folktale from the American South, by Robert San Souci; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989.

*Tam Cam: The Vietnamese Cinderella Story by The Goi.

*Tattercoats, retold by Margaret Greaves, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. Clarkson N. Potter, 1990.

*Tattercoats, edited by Joseph Jacobs; illustrated by Margot Tomes. Putnam, 1989.

*Tattercoats: an Old English Tale, by Flora Annie Steel; illustrated by Diane Goode. Bradbury Press, 1976.

*The Turkey Girl: a Zuni Cinderella, retold by Penny Pollock; illustrated by Ed Young. Little, Brown, 1995.

*Vasalisa and her Magic Doll, adapted and illustrated by Rita Grauer. Philomel Books, 1994. (Russia)

*Vasilisa the Beautiful, translated from the Russian by Thomas Whitney; illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian. Macmillan, 1970.

*Vasilissa the Beautiful: A Russian Folktale, adapted by Elizabeth Winthrop, illustrated by Alexander Koskkin. HarperCollins, 1991.

*When the Nightingale Sings, by Joyce Carol Thomas. HarperCollins, 1992. (Novel-length)

*Wishbones: A Folktale from China, retold by Barbara Ker Wilson; illustrated by Meilo So. Bradbury, 1993.

*Yeh-Shen, a Cinderella Tale from China, by Ai-Ling Louie; illustrated by Ed Young. Philomel Books, 1982.

Versions in Collections

This is only a small sampling of the versions of the tale that are available in folktale collections. Variants of many of the versions listed above can also be found in anthologies.

*"And Then the Prince Knelt Down and Tried to Put the Glass Slipper on Cinderella's Foot," Judith Viorst in Don't Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England by Jack Zipes. Routledge, 1987.

*"Ashputtel" in Grimm's Fairy Tales. Penguin Books, 1948.

*"Ashpet," in Grandfather Tales: American-English Folk Tales, edited by Richard Chase, illustrated by Berkeley Williams. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

*"The Brocaded Slipper," in The Brocaded Slipper, and Other Vietnamese Tales, by Lynnette Dyer Vuong, illustrations by Vo-Dinh Mai. Lippincott, 1982.

*"Cap o' Rushes," in Clever Gretchen, and Other Forgotten Folktales by Alison Lurie, illustrated by Margot Tomes. Crowell, 1980.

*"Cinderella," in Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, illustrations by Quentin Blake. Bantam Books, 1983.

*"Cinderella," in Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner. Macmillan, 1994.

*"Cinderella," in The Candlewick Book of Fairy Tales, retold by Sarah Hayes, illustrated by P. J. Lynch. Candlewick Press, 1993.

*"Cinderella," in The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Tales from Grimm, translated by Naomi Lewis, paintings by Lidia Postma. Dial Books, 1986.

*"Cinderella and the Glass Slipper," from Told Again (also published as Tales Told Again), by Walter De la Mare.

*"Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper," in The Blue Fairy Book, collected by Andrew Lang, revised edition edited by Brian Alderson, illustrated by John Lawrence. Penguin Books, 1987.

*"Cindy Ellie," by Mary Carter Smith, in Best-Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival, and in Talk that Talk: an Anthology of African-American Storytelling, edited by Linda Goss and Marian E. Barnes. Simon & Schuster, 1989.

*"The Fitting of the Slipper," in A Telling of the Tales: Five Stories by William J. Brooke, drawings by Richard Egielski. Harper & Collins, 1989.

*"The Jewelled Slipper," in The Beggar in the Blanket and Other Vietnamese Tales, retold by Gail B. Graham, illustrated by Brigitte Bryan. Dial Press, 1970.

*"Little Burnt Face," in The Red Indian Fairy Book, by Frances Jenkins Olcot, 1917, and in Time for Old Magic, compiled by May Hill Arbuthnot and Mark Taylor, illustrated by John Averill and others. Scott, Foresman, 1970.

*"The Magic Orange Tree," in The Magic Orange Tree, and Other Haitian Folktales, collected and told by Diane Wolkstein, illustrated by Elsa Henriquez. Knopf, 1978.

*"The Princess on the Glass Hill," in The Blue Fairy Book, collected by Andrew Lang, revised edition edited by Brian Alderson, illustrated by John Lawrence. Penguin Books, 1987. (Cinderlad, Norway)

*Tattercoats, and Other Folk Tales, by Winnifred Finlay

*"Twelve Months," in Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Czechoslovakia by Virginia Haviland. Little, Brown, 1966.

*"Vasilisa the Beautiful" in Stories From Old Russia, by Edward W. Dolch and Marguerite P. Dolch, 1964.

Wednesday, October 15, 1997
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