Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Cinderella Story

A lifetime ago Anna celebrated her third birthday with a "slumber party" that only lasted until 8 o'clock in the evening. Her cute little three and four year old friends came over in their princess nightgowns, popped popcorn, and watched the Disney version of Cinderella. What little girl doesn't love the tale of Cinderella?

Until I studied history with my kids I had no idea just how many little girls (and, yes, boys too) have loved Cinderella over the years and around the world. For the past two years we have been using The Story of the World to explore ancient times and the Middle Ages, relying on the activity guides for many of our literature selections. Susan Wise Bauer has done a great job of finding Cinderella stories for most of the different cultures we have studied the last two years. The first time we read one of these stories my kids said, "It's like Cinderella!" But by the sixth version, they were comparing and contrasting the different versions and their cultures. Some of the books have been better than others, but collectively they have been a wonderful addition to our understanding of literature and history.

Below are the Cinderellla stories we've read so far. It seems like there have been more, but glancing through my reading log and the activity guides, these are all I could find. What we need to do now is find a good English version to read, so I came upon this site that has all kinds of Cinderella information (and here's another one). Have any Cinderella resources you would like to share? Just let me know in the comments or email me, and I'll update this post.

Here's to happy endings!

Top image from TraderSam at Flickr

1 comment:

  1. What an adorable picture! My boys were never in to Cinderella so I have no info to share but I enjoyed this post as I remember my childhood