Everyone may know the French version of Cinderella, featuring the fairy godmother and glass slipper, the best, but more often these tales emphasize a different aspect of the story. Some focus on Cinderella's kindness to animals and to her stepsisters, others on Cinderella's incredible ability to survive. Some are perfect for the youngest readers and some dark versions are even exciting for adults!
What makes the latest adaptation, in theaters now and featuring the classic pumpkin stagecoach, fairy godmother and some amazing (computer-generated) glass slippers, unique and memorable? Check out these other versions of Cinderella’s story before you see the movie to find out—there’s something for every age!
The youngest readers will enjoy this classic, richly illustrated version with a friendly Cinderella and happy ending for all, including the stepsisters.
Travel around the world in Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal to see how art and details in the story can change how Cinderella has been adapted to many cultures, from eating pan dulce in Mexico to meeting crocodiles bearing gifts in Indonesia.
My favorite reinvention of Cinderella is as Cinder—a teen cyborg! She's the best mechanic in New Beijing, which is how she meets the prince. Her evil stepmother is none too happy about that, but is soon distracted by the Lunar plague. This is just the beginning of The Lunar Chronicles series, which explore a variety of fairy tales in a dystopian world.
Adults can enjoy a Cinderella story of their own in Confessions of An Ugly Stepsister, offering an in-depth look at the other characters in the story who might not be as evil as they are typically portrayed.
What's your favorite version of Cinderella?