This week, the 2nd grade students, teachers, and Mrs. Mattei teamed up to explore a wide variety of Cinderella tales! Each day, Mrs. Mattei read a different Cinderella story from around the globe. Students learned the characteristics of what makes a fairy tale from their fabulous teachers. Students also learned the importance of citing their sources each day. Since you cannot travel around the world without a passport, each student received a passport along with a stamp for each book they heard. Here are the Cinderella books that were explored:
Day 1: Egypt
Day 2: Korea
In this version of Cinderella set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife.
Day 3: Persia
A retelling of the traditional Persian tale in which Settareh, neglected and abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, finds her life transformed with the help of a little blue jug.
Day 4: China
A young Chinese girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince.
Day 5: The Old West (U.S.A.)
Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story.