Multiculturalism and Cinderella

Many of us are familiar with the notion of Cinderella,  her evil step sisters,  a coach turning into a pumpkin at midnight and a magical glass slipper.  Many of us have this concept via a certain Disney movie,  or a landmark castle in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, though many are not aware that it is a theme which runs thorugh various world cultures.

As we employ the  Open the door to your world theme  during the 08/09 school year,  I would like to speak out about the varying cultural Cinderellas.  Our Campus Center Library holds a number of these items , all are available to take home and enjoy.

The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

The Irsh Cinderlad by Shirley Climo

The Golden Sandal: a Middle Eastern Cinderella story by Rebecca Hickox

Adelita : a Mexican Cinderlla story by Tomie DePaola

Cendrillon: a Cajun Cinderella by Shelia Hebert Collins

Salmon Princess: an Alaska Cinderella Story by Mindy Dwyer

Smoky Mountain Rose : an Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder

Sootface: an Ojibwa Cinderella Story by Robert San Souci

Glass Slipper Gold Sandal : a world wide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman

Also, as part of my 2008 NEH Summer learning workshop Not just a scenic road: ahistory of the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina,  I did read Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder to my Kindergarten classes.  I did not introduce it as a Cinderella story to my students, but let them draw a natural comparison to the  Disney version that so many children are familiar with.

I invite you to visit our Campus Center Library shelves , and discover these multi cultural titles.