Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo!

via Goodreads.com
 Of course, The Magic Song comes from Cinderella!

I was working in the elementary school library last week when I came across Glass Slipper Gold Sandal by Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis. (A perk of volunteering.) It's a beautiful compilation of the Cinderella story as it crosses the globe. Here's the authors note:

A chameleon changes color to match its surroundings. Stories do the same. The earliest recorded Cinderella tale is thought to date from ninth-century China. Traveling across the globe, it changed its clothes but not its essence. Rivalry, injustice, and the dream of wrongs righted are universal, no matter our garments. When the story reached France, it acquired the glass slippers and coachmen-mice familiar to Western readers. More than a thousand other versions are known.

Actually, Strabo recorded a tale of Thracian courtesan Rhodopis and Pharoah Ahmose II in the 1st Century BC, but try explaining what a courtesan is to your kid....(NOT a good idea.) The Iraqi Cinderella story, while different from the Western version, bears a stronger resemblance to the French tale told by Charles Perrault. No fairy godmother looks out for our heroine, instead a little Red Fish takes up the role and "Cinderella" wears sandals of gold. Here's a line from that version:

Let the king's wife know
They put the ugly one on show
And hide the beauty down below!

So no tower for this Cinderella either, but there's definitely a wicked stepmother!

Related Articles:

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Jules said...

Love the ending quote :) Sort of says it all doesn't it.

Happy Holidays!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

always informative!! I had no idea Cinderella was so famous and international! I agree with you on the courtesan version - there's no need to get into that level of detail! lol

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Happy holidays!!

Golden Eagle said...

Interesting that Cinderella comes up in so many different stories!

Hart Johnson said...

I love these universal themes! I've had two different books that I've written fairy tales as part of the story, and it is great fun to pull this or that element from an existing story, so your OWN fits your work as you need.

Old Kitty said...

Oooh wicked stepmothers everywhere! LOL!! I love the idea of the Fish in the fairy godmother role!! You don't really get fish in a major pivotal role!! What a great post, thank you! take care

Vicki Rocho said...

Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale! I'd definitely be reaching for this book! The cover alone begs me to peek inside.

Ayak said...

Absolutely fascinating. You do come up with some interesting posts for your blog. xxx


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