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!
(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.
Posted by Mrs. Ranney at 11:07 AM