I always find it interesting to discover that a beloved story has many different variations. I never knew that so many other cultures around the world had stories similar to the ones I grew up with. Take Cinderella, for example.
First of all, I didn’t know that it started as a fairy tale – not the Disney version. Then, as we began to explore the story a bit more, I discovered that there are many versions of the Cinderella story – from the Wild West to Africa and China and beyond.
I think it’s fun for kids to read several versions of the same story. It’s fun for them to choose two or three of their favorites to compare and contrast. It makes for great discussions! Give it a try with these Cinderella stories from around the world.
Cinderella Stories from Around the World
The Rough-Face Girl – A Native-American version of the Cinderella story
Adelita – A Mexican version of the Cinderella story
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter – An African Cinderella story
These are just a few Cinderella stories from around the world to get you started. Which one will you read first?