Cinderella Around the World series


What is it about the Cinderella story that is so compelling to cultures all over the world?

The story of Cinderella has been told for centuries and is one of the most recognized fairy tales in the world. In fact, the story’s popularity and value as a teaching tool continue to grow today. The story is celebrated and taught in classrooms the world over, and educators often seek out different versions to explore and compare common story elements, distinct traditions, diverse cultures, and historical attitudes about gender and beauty.

LEE & LOW BOOKS is proud to present the Cinderella Around the World series from our Shen’s Books imprint along with recommendations for classroom-tested, educator-created resources.

The Cinderella Around the World series includes a collection of five diverse Cinderella stories. The books tell the Cinderella story from several different cultural perspectives. Readers will discover a range of settings, cultures, traditions, and characters as they explore Cinderella tales from Southeast Asia, India, and Mexico.


Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella
Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella
Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Tale from India
Domitilia: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition
Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella
Cinderella Around the World Collection (all 5 titles)

Teaching the Cinderella series:

For ideas on how to teach Cinderella stories from around the world, check out the lesson plans Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Plot and Setting and Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Character from EDSITEment, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) website for K–12 teachers, school librarians, and students.

Check out the classroom-tested, standards-aligned lesson plans Behind the Scenes with Cinderella by Carol L. Butterfield and Once Upon a Time Rethought: Writing Fractured Fairy Tales by Lisa Storm Fink, provided by, a website developed by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

For grade 2-3 unit planning, check out Beyond the Glass Slipper: Cinderella Stories from Around the World by Katy Hoops, part of The Alma Project, a cultural curriculum infusion model by Denver Public Schools.

Check out the book talks on Abadeha, Angkat, Anklet, Domitila, and Jouanah, the Rough-Face Girl, Yeh-Shen, the Egyptian Cinderella, and the Turkey Girl created by Katherine Goodwin, from In Search of Cinderella: A Curriculum for the 21st Century.

Interested in connecting with our broader educator and parent community? Discover more ways to teach these treasured retellings on our Cinderella Around the World board on Pinterest.

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