Fairy Tales Retold: Cinderella

Cinderella (Enchantment) by Maxfield Parrish

The story of Cinderella – a young woman unjustly oppressed, who overcomes some sort of obstacle to finally find her rightful place – is not only one of the oldest folk tales, but shows up in many different cultures. Of course, most of us are familiar with the Disneyfied version – GusGus and Jacques are my favorite characters in that movie – but the story has been remade and retold often.  We’ve even adapted the term “Cinderella story” to describe sports teams who go from obscurity to fame almost overnight.

Whether she battles an evil stepmother, turns to her fairy godmother for fashion help, or rides in a carriage pulled by mice/horses, we love to root her on. She definitely symbolizes the child inside all of us who longs to be recognized for the gem we are. Pick up one of these remakes and win one for the little guy (and I’m not just talking about GusGus!).

Ash by Melinda Lo

Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley

Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine

Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ever After: A Cinderella Story by Wendy Loggia

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

I Was a Rat by Philip Pullman

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince by Melissa Kantor

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block

The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

VHS: Ever After: A Cinderella Story

DVD: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

(If you can find a copy of the 1976 movie The Slipper and the Rose, you’ll get an entirely different musical interpretation of Cinderella.)

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