Lesson 6: Cinderella Stories Around the World

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How does literature reflect its culture?
  • How do different types of stories communicate ideas and entertain readers?
  • How are the characters, setting, and theme important in helping us understand a story and even a culture?
  • What can we learn from reading stories from different cultures?

Facts and Definitions

  • Fairy tales are a type of folktale.
  • Countries all over the world have Cinderella stories.


  • Locate places on a map (SS)
  • Analyze characters including their traits, feelings, relationships, and changes (LA)
  • Identify the importance of setting to the meaning of a story (LA)
  • Compare experiences of characters across cultures (LA)
  • Use words that describe characters, settings, actions, and events in simple texts (LA)
  • Read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (LA)
  • Identify similarities and differences across texts, such as topics, characters, and problems (LA)
  • Connect ideas and themes across text (LA)
  • Retell folktales and legends (LA)
  • Compare and contrast geographic features of places among communities (SS)


  • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo
  • Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie
  • crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • Disney's Cinderella
  • map of Africa
  • map of Europe
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • spelling journal
  • tape or glue


Materials: Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie
Tell your child that a fairy tale is a type of folktale. Ask if he has ever heard a fairy tale. If so, ask him to retell what he remembers about the story. Fairy tales often involve magical creatures, princesses, princes, and even witches. Usually a fairy tale has a main character that is good and an evil character that does bad things.

Reread Yeh-Shen. If your child has not drawn the connection between Yeh-Shen and Cinderella, ask if he knows another character from a book or movie who lost a shoe and who had a mean stepmother. Tell your child that many cultures in the world have a Cinderella-type story, and all of the stories are different because they come from different cultures. Yeh-Shen is the oldest Cinderella story in the world.