19 Cinderella Stories From Around the World

19 Cinderella Stories From Around the World via I'm Not the Nanny

Since she was a toddler, the story of Cinderella has been my daughter’s favorite fairy tale. Most of the us are familiar with the classic Disney retelling of the tale, but did you know one of the very first Cinderella stories is the Chinese folk tale? I personally grew up with Vietnamese’s Tam Cam, who befriended a magical fish.

Some of these multicultural Cinderellas played a much more active role in her destiny and will empower your daughters to take control of their own lives. Here’s a few Cinderella stories from around the world to read with your kids.

Cinderella Stories From Around the World

Vietnam: Tam and Cam by Minh Quoc and illustrated by Mai Long (Bilingual English/Vietnamese)

ChinaYeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China Ai-Ling Louie

AlgonquinThe Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin

Caribbean: Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Greece: The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony Manna & Soula Mitakidou and illustrated by Giselle Potter

Islam: Cinderella: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

Mexica: Adelita by Tomie dePaola

Laos: Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella by Jewell Reinhard Coburn and Tzexa Cherta Lee and illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien

India: Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India by Meredith Brucker and Lila Mehta and illustrated by Youshan Tang

Persia/Middle East: The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo and illustrated Robert Florczak

Korea: The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

Ireland: The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo and illustrated Krupinski

Indonesia: The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Reynolds Ruffins

Cuba: Adelaida: A Cuban Cinderella by Anna Monnar and illustrated Nancy Michaud

Philippines: Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J. de la Paz and illustrated by Youshan Tang

Cambodia: Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn and illustrated by Eddie Flotte

Egypt: The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller

Ojibiwa: Sootface by Robert D. San Souci


Don’t see your culture’s Cinderella story above? Try Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleishman and illustrated by Julie Paschkis.

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  1. Heidi Sloss March 16, 2015