Monday, June 15, 2009

Comparing and Contrasting Cinderella Stories

We have been reading Cinderella stories from all over the world. We have read Cinderella from France in Europe, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters from Zimbabwe in Africa, Moss Gown from Louisiana in the United States, and Yeh - Shen from China in Asia. We have been comparing and contrasting the stories to the original Cinderella story. In addition, I brought a Cinderella book from Israel in the Hebrew language to share with the class. We are also learning about fairy tales. For example, we have learned that fairy tales have a problem and solution, some kind of magic, a moral to be learned, evil characters usually receive consequences, good characters are rewarded, most fairy tales have a happy ending, and some have personification. We have enjoyed reading all of the Cinderella stories and learning about fairy tales. We hope you will enjoy learning about the stories we read!
By Danielle
(with revisions from classmates)

In the book Cinderella, the main character, Cinderella, is forgiving and beautiful. Cinderella's problem is that she can't attend the royal ball. The solution is the fairy godmother magically appears with the golden dress, so Cinderella can ride in a coach to the ball. In the end, Cinderella marries the prince and lives happily ever after.
by Brendan, Cameron, Cami, Jacob, and Lindsay

In the book Yeh - Shen, the main character, Yeh - Shen, is bright and gorgeous. The problem is that Yeh - Shen isn't treated right by her stepmother and stepsister. The solution is the king sees her beauty and marries her, while her stepmother and stepsister get showered with flying stones. The lesson learned is that good gets rewarded, while evil gets consequences!
by Danielle, Reed, Talia, Tamar, and William

In the book Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, the main character, Nyasha, was generous and stunning. The problem in the story is that the king is looking for a queen, and both Nyasha and her evil sister, Manyara, hope to become queen. Nyoka, the king, turns himself into a snake, and sees that Nyasha is the loyal one. In the end, Nyasha gets rewarded by becoming the queen, but Manyara becomes her servant.
by Ben, Colin, Joshua, Mia, and Vasso

In the book Moss Gown the main character, Candace/Moss Gown, was grateful and loving. The story takes place in swampy, mossy Louisiana. Candace wants to win over her father's love, and in the end she succeeds in her task. She also marries the young master of a mansion, and her father comes to live with them.
by Alex, Juliette, Lucas, McKaelee, and Ryan

Please let us know which story is your favorite or if you have read another version of Cinderella.


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    Our amazing Cinderella work is turning out to be a success! I love all of the fantastic fairy tales, but Yeh-Shen is my favorite because is is from my caring culture. There are probably many more Cinderella stories that we haven"t read around the world. Overall, we have done a great job on our Cinderella post so far, and we are making up a lot of work in a little amount of time.

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    I enjoyed reading all the cinderella versions. I must say that Moss Gown was my favorite because it was very sweet and touching. Even though they were all told in a different version, they all had a problem and solution, a happy ending, and a lesson to be learned. Anyway keep in touch.

    Talia A.

  3. Dear classmates,
    My favorite book of the Cinderella version is Moss Gown, because it is didfferent than the other ones.

  4. Dear classmates,
    We did a wonderful job comparing and contrasting these amazing Cinderella stories. At the beginning, I thought Iwoudn't like to read them, but in the end, I enjoyed reading these fairy tales.
    Dear Yeh- Shen group, I must say we did a good job even though we had to re-think some stuff.
    Dear Mrs. Ranney and class (again) Keep up the good wok in all that we do before the last two days of school.

    -Tamar- :)

  5. This is Cami's comment, which I was only able to post using my email.
    Mrs. Ranney

    Dear class,

    I liked the book Moss Gown because when we read this book I loved the way they said "I love you more than meat loves salt.Keep up the great work!


    (p.s. what post are we making next.)

  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My favorite story is Moss Gown becuase we got to talk about the two words that go together! For example, in the book it said more than meat loves salt!
    From, Mia :]

  7. Dear classmates,

    Thank you for helping me make my paragraph great and awesome. We all did a great job on the charts. My favorite story was Moss Gown, because the gris-gris woman and the magical gown. I hate to say goodbye on Wednesday (the last day of school). I hope everyone will stay in touch during the summer. Also, I hope everyone will have a safe and great summer.

    Danielle :)

  8. Dear Mrs.R

    We did an awesome job no better than awesome we did fabulous. It looks like we were working on the project for weeks. Pretty much amazing we did this in less than two days, but it really isn't because you are our teacher.



  9. Dear Class,

    My favorite Cinderella story was the Moss Gown book, because Candace went on an adventure to show her dad what she ment.


    P.S. Mabey we could make a post about our year!

  10. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    I would like to thank you for making this a spectacular year for me. You have taught me a lot of new things in 3rd grade. Your pride and passion for academics, especially math, has really made me admire you. I have also had a fun time doing our class projects. I think you're the best teacher ever and I will remember this year forever.


  11. Dear Brendan,
    Thank you so very much for your appreciation. I do feel very proud of our class and all that we have accomplished. A wonderful attitude like yours is what inspires me to keep on teaching! I was especially impressed with your comment because of how well it was written.
    Mrs. Ranney

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  13. Here is a comment I am posting for Cameron:

    Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,
    I enjoyed working to make the Cinderella posters, and I say that my favorite poster was the Moss Gown poster because the group used great vocabulary.

  14. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class

    Our Cinderella's story was extraodinary. We did a great job doing our Cinderella story. The Cinderella books that we read were the best books that I have ever read. We worked in execellent time working on our Cinderella stories.


  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    What an exemplary job! I will definitely use your work as an example in our fourth grade classroom.

    Thanks a million for sharing!

    Ms. Kapadia


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