Cinderella variants from different cultures
Cinderella - French
In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.
The Egyptian Cinderella - Egyptian
In this version of Cinderella set in Egypt in the sixth century B.C., Rhodopis, a slave girl, eventually comes to be chosen by the Pharaoh to be his queen.
The Irish Cinderlad - Irish
Becan, a poor boy belittled by his stepmother and stepsisters, rescues a princess in distress after meeting a magical bull.
The Korean Cinderella - Korean
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.
The Persian Cinderella - Iranian
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.
Prince Cinders - Contemporary
A fairy grants a small, skinny prince a change in appearance and the chance to go to the Palace Disco.
Fair, Brown & Trembling - Irish
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 an Irish folktale.
Adelita: a Mexican Cinderella Story
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.
Kongi & Potgi - Korean
Although Kongi is treated unfairly by her stepmother and stepsister, she proves she is worthy to become the Prince's bride.
The Golden Sandal - Middle Eastern
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.
Tattercoats - English
Retells the traditional English tale of how poor, neglected Tattercoats comes to marry the Prince.
The Way Meat Loves Salt - Jewish
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.
Princess Furball - English
A princess in a coat of a thousand furs hides her identity from a king who falls in love with her.
Yeh Shen - Chinese
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.
Cindy Ellen - Western
Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story.
The Rough-Face Girl - Algonquin Indians
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The Turkey Girl - Zuni Indian
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.
Cendrillon - Caribbean
A Creole variant of the familiar Cinderella tale set in the Caribbean and narrated by the godmother who helps Cendrillon find true love.
Sootface - Ojibwa Indians
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.
Smoky Mountain Rose - Appalachian
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.
Cinderella - Collection of many versions
Presents versions of the Cinderella story which represent many cultures, geographical areas, and styles. Includes information about the tales, related activities, and resources.
The Gift of the Crocodile: a Cinderella Story - Indonesian
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.
Raisel's Riddle - Jewish
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.
The Gospel Cinderella - African American
A variation on the traditional Cinderella story set in a Southern swamp and with a Great Gospel Convention instead of a ball.