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Cinderella is one of the most recognized stories around the world. The themes from the story appear in the folklore of many cultures. 

The earliest recorded version of the tale comes from China. It was written down by Tuan Ch’eng-shih in the middle of the ninth century A.D. (850-60 Common Era). 

There is no fairy godmother in this earliest known version. A magical fish is Yeh-shen’s helper instead. However, a golden shoe is used to identify Yeh-shen to the prince who wants to marry her.

Although a reference to the story exists in 16th century German literature, the next written version of the story comes from Charles Perrault in his Contes de ma Mere L’Oyein 1697.

Perrault’s version has a more humane ending than many versions of the tale with Cinderella finding husbands for her sisters.

The sisters are left poor, blind, maimed, or even dead in many versions of the tale.

The Grimm Brothers’ German version, known as Aschenputtel, or Ash Girl, does not have a fairy godmother. At the end, the stepsisters’ eyes are pecked by birds from the tree to punish them for their cruelty.

In modern times, the tale of Cinderella has inspired countless picture books, musicals, novels, and dreams of little girls.

Extracts from: SurlaLune Fairy Tales: History of Cinderella

Dreams of little girls, perhaps of ladies as well…I guess.

Hope you enjoy reading.

TTFN~ 😀

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