Fairy tales spark the imagination in any child and the tale of Cinderella is one of the most popular. We love to read and find various versions from across the world, some from cultural retellings, others just fun adaptations to induce giggles. I’ve gathered some of our favorite Cinderella stories from over the years below.
1.) Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell
Yee haw! This Western themed retelling of the classic tale will put a whole new spin on the princess. Cindy has a rather ornery stepmother, the meanest in the West. Between her and her nasty stepsisters, Cindy just doesn’t know what in the world to do. Will this cowgirl be able to find her gumption in time to win the heart of Joe Prince?
2.)Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston
What’s a Bigfoot prince to do when all he wants in a bride is someone absolutely odoriferous, with nice matted fur and who never EVER picks the forest flowers? Why, he throws a party full of fierce competition, of course! Can Rrrrrella outshine her stepsisters who BATHE and decorate themselves with flowers in order to find true love?
3.) The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo.
Rhodopis, a Greek slave girl in ancient Egypt with fair hair and a rosy complexion is mercilessly harassed by her kind master’s servant girls. When the master gives her a beautiful pair of golden slippers after watching her dance, the servants are rife with jealousy and treat her even more poorly. With the help of a great falcon, Rhodopis suddenly finds herself being pursued by the Pharaoh himself so he can take her as his bride.
4.) Cendrillon:A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci.
This Caribbean take on the Cinderella story brings us the story of a poor washerwoman’s is left a magic wand when her mother passes away and she must determine when and why to use it’s charms. When her beautiful goddaughter begins to be badly mistreated by her stepmother, she decides that it’s time to work up some magic and help her precious girl find a better life.
5.) The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story by Judy Sierra
This Indonesian version of the Cinderella story brings us Damura who after being very wearied by the mistreatment her stepsisters and stepmother dole out on her daily, cries out for help at the river. An old and wise crocodile appears and after determining Damura’s true character after a test, decides to aid her by bestowing upon her a beautiful sarong and slippers. She then sends Damura to the palace to dance with the prince. Her stepsisters become so jealous that they actually push Damura into the river where she is swallowed by another crocodile! What will become of the young girl now?
6.) Walt Disney’s Cinderella Retold by Cynthia Rylant
Everyone is familiar with the Walt Disney rendition of Cinderella. It is likely the most popular of all versions. Cynthia Rylant (one of our favorite authors!) has retold this version in this book, using beautiful language paired with the original pictures from the Disney film painted by Mary Blair. “In silence, Love found them…”
7.) The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony L. Manna and Soula Mitakidou
When a lonely girl is orphaned after her mother’s death, she is gifted with some magnificent things from Mother Nature’s children: brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn, and a beautiful pair of blue shoes from the Sea to help assuage her grief. She leans on these things to get her through tough times while her stepmother treats her so poorly, she can barely stand it. When the prince comes to visit her little village church, he is enraptured by her beauty. Led by her mother’s wise words, the girl finds happiness again.
8.) Cinderella by Paul Galdone
A retelling of the original story, this book follows the traditional storyline for Cinderella. A poor girl who must sleep in an attic on a lumpy straw mat while her stepsisters enjoy plush beds and tall mirrors, finds herself suddenly thrust into the Prince’s arms at the ball after a fairy godmother helps her.
9.) Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder
This one was one of our favorites because we live in the Appalachian region. Starting with the first line, “Now lis’en,” and ending with the final, “’bout the happiest twosome in all o’ Tarbelly Creek,” my children giggled because they understand this dialect. Shoot, some of our own family talks like the characters in this book! 😉 Follow the story of Rose, a trapper’s daughter, who has a rather cross woman named Gertie as a stepmother. Her two stepsisters are very conceited and treat her horribly! What will happen when the rich feller from the other side o’ the creek decides to throw a party to try to “find himself a wife?”
10.) Cinderella by Charles Perrault
No collection of Cinderella tales is complete with the first one ever published. The language is flowy and beautifully old fashioned. This particular version, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti, breathes a vibrant and refreshing new air into the classic story.
Just in case you have a child that might prefer a less princessy-based rendition of the Cinderella story, Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman is one where the main character is a “strapping young feller” named Bubba who lives on a ranch with his stepbrothers and stepdaddy.
While the brothers were spoiled, Bubba worked hard all day, every day on the family ranch. Then one day the “purtiest and richest gal in the county,” Miz Lurleen decides that she needs to find a husband. With the help and encouragement of his fairy godcow, Bubba finds himself all gussied up and with somewhere to go!
Which of these will you pick up soon?