Cinderella Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales ‒ Cari Meister

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  • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Lexile Measure: 600L
  • Series: Multicultural Fairy Tales
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479554413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479554416



Think there’s just one fairy tale with an overworked girl and wicked stepsisters? Think again! Cultures all around the world have their own Cinderella stories. Visit Canada, China, Egypt, and France, and find out whose “glass slippers” are made of red silk, and whose “fairy godmother” is a fish.


Notable Acknowledgements: 2015 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Honorable Mention


Rationale for Inclusion: This book is a truly fantastic addition to our collection because it really embodies our group’s values as it pertains to selecting books that represent diversity in the best way possible. This book takes the classic story of Cinderella and retells the story from the perspective of various cultures around the world, including countries such as Canada, Egypt, China, and France.

Due to the fact that each story reflects the particular values of the culture that it came from, children have a unique opportunity to get a window into the different cultures around the world and see how each culture’s version of the Cinderella story is similar and different to the version of the Cinderella story that they grew up reading about. In addition to being able to learn valuable aspects of different cultures and developing a greater appreciation for diversity, this book can also be a great tool for children to engage in critical thinking by comparing and contrasting their own version of the Cinderella story with those from other cultures around the world.

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