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Cinderella Stories From Around the World

Main Core Tie

English Language Arts Grade 5
Reading: Literature Standard 3

Time Frame

10 class periods of 15 minutes each

Group Size

Large Groups


brooke rauzon


Several version of Cinderella are read to students as they fill out comparison charts. The fairy tale genre is introduced.


  • Several Cinderella storybooks from different cultures and time periods (See list of titles and authors below in the bibliography.)
  • One Compare / Contrast chart (pdf) for each student for each Cinderella storybook.

Background for Teachers

  • Collect Cinderella stories (See the list of the suggested stories in the bibliography.)
  • Understand what makes a fairy tale

Student Prior Knowledge

Students will understand what a fairy tale is.

Instructional Procedures

  1. Provide each student with a comparison chart for each version of Cinderella stories that you are going to read.
  2. Read a different Cinderella story to the class each day.
  3. As you read each story, have students complete the comparison charts.
  4. Discussion: orally compare and contrast the stories.


Personal stories can be illustrated and shared with other grade levels, parents or peers. A reader's theatre could be organized as well.

Assessment Plan

Each student will write their own version of Cinderella including all elements of a fairy tale.


Here are some of the many Cinderella stories you may want to use for this lesson:

  • Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie
  • The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
  • The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition by Nina Jaffe
  • The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox
  • Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  • The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story by Penny Pollock
  • The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • Fair, Brown & Trembling : An Irish Cinderella Story by Jude Daly
  • Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  • Estrellita de oro / Little Gold Star: A Cinderella Cuento by Joe Hayes
  • Sootface by Robert D. San Souci
  • Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
  • The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  • Raisel's Riddle by Erica Silverman
  • Smoky Mountain Rose by Alan Schroeder
  • The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story by Judy Sierra
  • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • The Golden Slipper: A Vietnamese Legend by Darrell H. Y. Lum
  • Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale by Robert D. San Souci
  • Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave by Marianna Mayer
  • Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J. De LA Paz
  • Chinye: A West African Folk Tale by Obi Onyefulu

Created: 08/01/2005
Updated: 02/05/2018