Cinderella Part 1 – Early Tales

Cinderella stories have been around for thousands of years, told all over the world. This is no big surprise considering that people everywhere have always longed for a way to escape the drudgery of everyday life and be recognized as someone with more to offer the world. This episode looks at three early Cinderella tales — one from Ancient Rome, another from medieval China, and one from Renaissance Italy.

Activity: Comparing Early Cinderella Tales

Listen to the following tales, which are all early versions of Cinderella Stories:

Students can then compare the three stories, noting similarities and differences between them. Students could create a three-circle Venn Diagram, write lists, write an essay, or verbally discuss the way the three stories contrast.

Music in this episode

Variations on Mixolydian modes

“Mo Li Hua,”  an old Chinese Folk Song

“Ma se resti al mio ben” by Jacopo Peri