Most of you might think that the Disney version of Cinderella is the only version there is out there. Well, if you say yes, then you are wrong. To my surprise, there is another version of the Cinderella and it’s in a book called “Grimm’s Fairy Tale”.
The Disney Cinderella story is about a girl who is treated like she doesn’t belong. She was ordered to work by her stepmother. The day that the ball was being held, the stepmother would not let Cinderella go to the ball unless she was done working and had found something to wear. She didn’t succeed but ended up going to the ball in a beautiful dress that her fairy godmother made for her, without telling her stepmother. She danced with the boy of her dreams until she had to leave at midnight before she would change back into her poor clothing. She ran up the stairs so fast that her glass slipper fell off. The prince saw the glass slipper and wondered who it was for and to his surprise after trying it on many people’s feet, it was Cinderella’s.
The Grimm’s Fairy tale is about the same Cinderella, but not the same story. The Grimm’s Fairy Tale version is about Cinderella who is also ordered to work. There is also a ball that happens that the prince has invited Cinderella’s family to. Cinderella goes to the ball in a beautiful dress and like in the Disney version; she leaves before midnight and loses her glass slipper. The prince saw it, picked it up, went to Cinderella’s house and asked the girls to come and try this slipper on. The stepmother wanted one of her daughters to be the princess, so she told them to cut their heel or toe off a bit, but the messenger noticed that there was bleeding so he had said it wasn’t theirs. The only one left to try it on was Cinderella. The stepmother said it couldn’t be her since she believed she wasn’t at the ball. Cinderella put it on and it fit perfectly. The stepmother was flabbergasted at the fact that Cinderella actually was the person that wore the slipper.
Seeing as most of you probably grew up with Disney stories and movies, would you let your children read the Grimm’s Fairy Tale version of Cinderella? Why or why not? Is there something that surprised you when you were reading the Grimm’s Fairy Tale version? Did you even know that there was another version of Cinderella? Do children today feel like they can live in a fantasy world and have the Cinderella type story laid out for them?