Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
— William Shakespeare
For all my fairy tale lovers (and to beat the March doldrums), I’ve scooped together various flavors of International Cinderellas, an ice cream sundae of humor and romance, for kids of all ages:
In the style of radio’s heyday, there’s a wonderful theatrical version accompanied by Rossini opera music (produced by Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media).
Adelita, by Tomie dePaola, is spiced with Mexican phrases and culture.
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China, retold by Ai-Ling Louie, is a beautiful tale of a girl whose kindness to a fish results in her being rescued from her stepmother.
Cendrillon, by Robert D. San Souci, has exotic Carribean colors interspersed with French words and beautiful illustrations by Brian Pinkney.
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal, by Paul Fleischman, visits Cinderellas around the world in a whirlwind to delight the senses, with divine illustrations by Julie Paschkis.
For older kids, the Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer, start with a cyborg Cinderella whose story spans all the books in the series: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter and Fairest. Yum. My kids and I love the engaging and relatable cyborg with the blend of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Have you read any of these? Do you like the American Disney movie versions? You’re welcome to add your favorite Cinderella tales in the comments.
Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham