Cinderella (4)
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The Prince, who was now madly in love with her, picked up her slipper and said to his ministers, "Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will never be content until I find her!" So the ministers tried the slipper on the foot of all the girls ... and on Cinderella's foot as well ... Surprise! The slipper fitted perfectly.

"That awful untidy girl simply cannot have been at the ball," snapped the stepmother. "Tell the Prince he ought to marry one of my two daughters! Can't you see how ugly Cinderella is! Can't you see?"

Suddenly she broke off, for the fairy had appeared. "That's enough!" she exclaimed, raising her magic wand. In a flash, Cinderella appeared in a splendid dress, shining with youth and beauty. Her stepmother and stepsisters gaped at her in amazement, and the ministers said, "Come with us, fair maiden! The Prince awaits to present you with his engagement ring!"

So Cinderella joyfully went with them, and lived happily ever after with her Prince. And as for the cat, he just said "Miaow"!

Discussion Questions

  • How do you think Cinderella felt about her name?

  • Why was Cinderella treated unkindly?

  • Do you think people at the palace would have treated her differently had she gone in her old clothes? Why or why not?

  • Is there a stereotype (i.e., an oversimplified generalization) in the story of Cinderella? Are all stepmothers unkind?

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