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Cinderella: A Multicultural Unit

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Cinderella: A Multicultural Unit

One great feature of the Kidipede website "History for Kids" is that there is a link under Ancient China to Chinese Literature: Cinderella. Click here to go to that web page: http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/china/literature/cinderella.htm This page is great as a resource for read aloud text. I don't particularly recommend it for young students to access and read on their own. The site gives plenty of background information for the teacher about when, where, and by whom each version of the story was written. There are also notes about alternative tellings of the same story. Most importantly, this page provides links to Cinderella in India and Egypt. Dr. Karen Carr, who publishes and maintains the site, also provides a very good bibliography and recommendations for further reading. This is an excellent resource for the Elementary School teacher who wants to create a multicultural unit with a strong foundation in literature, but who may not have time for research. If you would like to know about the other features offered by Kidipede, please read my website review for History for Kids. Wave

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Thanks for recommending the website! It's a great resource. I am really impressed with the full-length Cinderella story it features. I had no idea that the earliest recorded version of the Cinderella tale is the one on the website. It was recorded by Tuan Ch'eng-shih during the T'ang dynasty (about 700 A.D.). There are over 350 different versions of this story in the world today. Since the website provides links to some of the other versions, it would be really easy to come up with a literature unit on Cinderella versions from around the world.