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Tuesday, 15 April 2014


The story of Cinderella is a traditional fairy tale. In 1697 A Frenchman, Charles Perrault published a collection of eight fairy tales entitled Histoires ou contes du temps passé. As well as Cinderella his book also included The Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard and Puss in Boots.

Not until Perrault's publication did Cinderella wear glass slippers, or "pantouffles en verre." Perrault mistranslated this phrase and thought it was equivalent to "pantouffles en vair," which actually means slippers made from white squirrel fur.

Oliver Herford illustrated Cinderella with the Fairy Godmother, inspired by Perrault's version.
In 1729, Robert Samber translated the volume into English, Histories, or Tales of Past Time, which was popularized in England, and later in America as Mother Goose Tales.

Queen Elizabeth II acted in a number of Pantomimes during World War Two including playing the part of Prince Florizel in Cinderella in 1941.

The moment when Cinderella's Fairy Godmother transforms her torn dress into a gown was said to be Walt Disney's favorite piece of animation.

In the real world, Cinderella's glass slippers would need to have 1.15 centimeter heels if she wanted to run without shattering them.

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