Cinderella - University of Pittsburgh

On one of these voyages, Cinderella’s mother passes away at home while the father is gone.
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SurLaLune Fairy Tales: The Annotated Cinderella

Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Those words from the giant ogre are some of the most famous words of any fairy tale. Jack and the Beanstalk is the classic fairy tale of a poor boy who buys magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk. The beanstalk leads up to the home of a giant ogre that likes to eat young boys. Jack manages to avoid capture and run off with several of the giant's treasures so that he and his mother can live comfortably.

ATU 510A; from Egypt. You can read one version at . Several versions of the tale are shared in .
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SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Annotations for Cinderella

In many versions of the tale, Cinderella is transformed back into her ball gown once both shoes are on her feet. The Prince and/or his servants are not required to recognize Cinderella in her rags. The implication is that she is in her natural and rightful state when dressed in the better clothing.

Waley, Arthur. “The Chinese Cinderella Story.” Folk-Lore. Vol. 58, No. 1 (Mar. 1947), pp. 226-238.
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The story of Yeh-hsien, also known as Yeh-Shen and Sheh Hsien, is the oldest known Cinderella tale recorded in the Orient. It appears in Yu Yang Tsa Tsu (Miscellany of Forgotten Lore) written by Tuan Ch’êng-shih around 856-860 AD/CE.

Pino-Saaverdra, Yolando, ed. . Rockwell Gray, ed. Folktales of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967.
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Cinderella Fairy Tale - Play The Girl Game Online

One day, there's to be a fancy ball hosted by the attractive and single prince, during which the young stud will try to find himself a lady. Cinderella wants to attend, and even makes her own stunning gown, but the stepmom destroys the garment. Wouldn't want to hurt her own daughters' chances, would she? Alone and sobbing, the grossly abused girl gets a visit from her fairy godmother, who spins some crazy magic and gives her an even better dress to impress the manly prince, plus a pair of implausibly wearable glass slippers. The god-fairy transforms a pumpkin into a chariot and mice into horses, so Cindy can arrive in style. All this for her, so long as she high-tails it out of the ball before midnight, when the magic wears off. Cinderella goes to the castle, charms the prince's pants off (figuratively), but has to flee after losing track of time. No one sees the gorgeous mystery woman change back into a dirty scullery maid, and none's the wiser to her true identity. Except of course that she left one of her glass slippers behind (and it conveniently doesn't dissipate into nothing, I might add). So the charming prince searches the land far and wide, forcing women to try on this shoe in the hopes of finding his would-be wife. The stepmom attempts to thwart Cindy's fitting, it doesn't work out that way, Cindy slips on the shoe, it fits—and if the shoe fits, you must commit—badda bing, badda boom, happily ever after.

Interactives . Elements of a Story . Cinderella

A young, beautiful girl suffers at the hands of a cruel stepmother and two (or three) nasty stepsisters. They force her to toil day and night and eventually give her a derogatory nickname that reflects her permanent ashy, sooty or cinder-like appearance—i.e., Cinderella. Her only friends are the mice living in the old mansion, which is sad but also endearing and shows Cinderella's kindness to all creatures large and small.

The Story of Cinderella - KidsGen

In many versions of the tale, Cinderella cries to show her frustration. It is not considered to be weakness but a testament of the terrible burden she bears.