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Download and print this free printable Cinderella Around the World unit study to compare and contrast different versions of this popular fairy tale.
There are hundreds of versions of the Cinderella story, and many of them have been turned into storybook versions.
Grab a few different versions, and use the pages in this printable to explore the details of several.
Cinderella Around the World
The Disney version of Cinderella that we all know and love is perfect for young children. Pair it with the Disney classic movie version for a fun tie in.
However, older children can appreciate the fact that this story has been told around the world. Check out a few different versions of Cinderella to explore with your students. Choose some books from different cultures – Africa, China, the Caribbean, etc.
What’s included in this printable?
First, there is a bit of Cinderella history in this pack and a list of popular Cinderella stories around the world. This page includes ten popular versions for you to check out including Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Africa) and Yeh-Shen (China).
You’ll find two Venn diagrams in this story. On one, students are challenged with the task of comparing/contrasting two characters from the story of Cinderella. On the other, children are challenged with the task of comparing/contrasting two different versions of Cinderella.
The geography graphic organizer encourages students to explore the country the story is from. They’ll search for fun facts, famous people, landmarks, traditional foods, and more.
Finally, the recording page can be printed out and used with any version of Cinderella. Students will record the book’s title, country of origin, main characters, and unique elements. These pages can then be used to fill out the Venn diagram if you’d like.
fun ways to use this printable
While this activity pack is pretty straightforward, you can always adapt it to use with other fairy tales from around the world.
Ditch the Cinderella fact page and dig into some other fairy tales with the recording page and the “All About…” geography page.
Many fairy tales are shared across many different cultures, and the two graphic organizers are generic enough to be used with any of them.
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of Cinderella stories that will get you started on your search for books to use with these printables.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China – Half-starved and overworked by her stepmother, Yeh-Shen’s only friend is a fish with golden eyes. When the stepmother kills the fish for dinner, poor Yeh-Shen is left with only the bones. But the bones are filled with a powerful spirit. When Ye-Shen is forbidden to attend the annual spring Festival, the spirit grants her a gown of azure blue and delicate golden slippers. That night, everyone marvels at the beautiful, mysterious young woman at the ball.
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story – Hace mucho tiempo—a long time ago—there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kind-hearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue to her hidden identity: a beautiful rebozo—shawl.
Cinderella Stories Around the World – Think there’s just one fairy tale with an overworked girl and wicked stepsisters? Think again! Cultures all around the world have their own Cinderella stories. Visit Canada, China, Egypt, and France, and find out whose glass slippers are made of red silk, and whose fairy godmother is a fish.
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