Did you know there are several versions of the story we know as Cinderella? We had the opportunity as a class to read and then compare and contrast five of these stories. It was very interesting to hear the different versions from around the world. We read Cinderella (the original version to us), Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella, Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition, and Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella.
We created a huge matrix on our wall to visually see the similarities and differences in each story. We found the endings all had something in common, they all ended happily with a marriage! They also shared the same lesson or moral. Although all the stories shared the same elements found in fairy tales, most specifics were different. For example, Domitila only had one stepsister, and the settings took place from deserts to forests. When we discussed which was our favorite version, it was between Domitila and Cindy Ellen! Here are some of our thoughts about these favorites:
- “I like Domitila because he just liked her cooking, not because she was at the ball. I liked it because it was different.” -Christilyn
- “I like Domitila the best because it was unique, and the setting and illustrations were nice. Also, some of the words taught me Spanish.” -Madison
- “I liked Domitila best because it is a Mexican Cinderella.” -Isaiah
- “I liked the Mexican version the best because I am Mexican, and Domitila made nopales.” -Leonardo
- “Cindy Ellen because she is a cowgirl and the book is very cool. She does cool tricks.” -Evelyn
- “The one I like best was Cindy Ellen because I like cowboys. It also had a gold pistol.” -Johnny
- “I like Cindy Ellen because I like guns.” -Tegan
- “I like Cindy Ellen because the pictures are very pretty.” -Aryana
- “Cindy Ellen because she shot a pistol up in the air.” -Theo
- “The version I like is Domitila because I am Mexican.” -Nicky
Which version do you most enjoy reading?
Can you suggest others we did not read?