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Cinderella by Charles Perrault
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Feb 28, 10

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Read in February, 2010

This is the French version of the classic story of the young girl who is maltreated by her mean stepmother and stepsisters, but the French version. Cinderella received this name from her stepsister since she always liked to sit next to the chimney in the ashes. It was Cinderella that “scoured the pots and scrubbed the stairs.” Cinderella was a beautiful child, but she was unfortunate. One night the prince was having a ball. Cinderella did all she could to help her sisters prepare for the ball. All while getting teased by her stepsisters “Cinderella, now wouldn’t you just like to go to the ball?” “Cinderseat at a ball! How people would laugh!” Then off they went, leaving poor Cinderella behind. But, Cinderella would in deed prove them wrong. She is visited by her godmother and presented with a beautiful chariot and all the works. In this version, she helps her godmother gather the pumpkin that will be her coach, the mice to become the horses, the rat that becomes the horseman, and the lizards that become the footmen.

She can go to the ball as long as she agrees to leave the ball by midnight. She goes to the ball and the prince instantly falls for her and invites her to sit with him. Her stepsisters were none the wisest even though she was talking with them and offering them food. She leaves the ball hastily and the prince is captivated by her beauty still.

The next night there was another ball. Once again the stepsisters were there and Cinderella once again shows up and enchants everyone in the ball. This time, she was not aware of the time. The clock struck twelve and off she ran from the ball and out the gate to her house. A few days later, the prince sends his herald out to search for the mysterious lady. Eventually, the get to the house of Cinderella and the rest is the same ending-they live happily ever after. But, in this version, Cinderella marries her sisters off to two lords of the court.

The language is simple and the storyline is fun, this book can be for younger to older readers. Readers can explore the ideas of being kind to others.

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