The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Originally one of the tales in the Arabian Nights, this is my Favorite Cinderella Storybook Of All Time. (In fact, it’s one of my absolutely favorite books entirely. ;D)
Full of gorgeous mantles… and turbans… and pearls… and sweeping dark hair… and with a sweet heroine, Settareh (i.e. ‘Cinderella’), it's absolutely beautiful! (And… they’re Persian. And the prince has a dark beard. Sooo… yes. In short, enough said. ;))
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
One of the world’s oldest Cinderella stories -- based on both fact and legend -- the story of 'Rhodopis and The Rose-red Slippers' was first recorded by the Roman historian Strabo in the first century A.D. While the slippers may have been a later addition, there is historical record that the Pharaoh Amasis (570-526 B.C.) did, indeed, marry a Greek slave girl, making her his queen.
And… since you all know my fascination for archaeology/ancient history, it’s probably fairly obvious why this quite beautifully illustrated rendition of the story makes my absolute favorites list. ;)
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie dePaola
This version (especially if you love Tomie dePaola’s work) is cute and sweet and altogether entirely charming.
|(And I apologize. This picture doesn't quite do the cover justice. :P)|
The Salmon Princess: An Alaska Cinderella Story by Mindy Dwyer
With lyrical prose and authentic illustrations genuinely capturing the very flavor of the Pacific Northwest, this is an original, touching (and also quite hilarious) retelling of Cinderella. (It’s also my brother’s favorite. He loves it! ;))
Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder
Down-to-earth and full of fun, it’s impossible to read this one without ending up laughing somewhere. (And as for Rose’s party dress…! Soft blue and Edwardian, with an edging of lace -- elegant yet practical -- it's sweet and utterly beautiful!)
Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition adapted by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
Yet another Cinderella from the Spanish-Mexican tradition (and actually one of the first I read), it’s also currently my dad’s favorite (as well as sister Arwen's :)). Reading it again, I noticed just how much emphasis in it is placed on the tangible -- beauty and goodness flowing out the fingertips. It’s lovely!