Cinderella is probably the best-known fairy tale in the world but where did the story come from? It is over a thousand years old, and it is thought that there are over a thousand recorded versions. The oldest version comes from 9th century China, with Yeh-hsien as the heroine whose wishes are granted by a golden fish. The most popular version in Britain is based on the French story written by Charles Perrault in 1697.

Authors and illustrators love to re-interpret Cinderella. Which is your favourite version? Here's a picture by Tony Ross from Don't Cook Cinderella by Francesca Simon (Hachette).












Cinderella and the Little Glass Slipper

Cinderella and the Little Glass Slipper is a hand-coloured fold-out book c.1860 and is one of the oldest items in our collection. It tells the story of Cinderella, the most famous Rags to Riches story, but sadly the end is missing.









Does Cinderella need to be a girl?

Does Cinderella need to be a girl? Have a look close at this picture created by PJ Lynch for a short story featured in Forbidden Doors by Susan Price, what can you see? In this version, the Cinderella character, called Grubby is a boy! He has ugly brothers instead of ugly sisters but still has a mean step-mother. He doesn't want to marry a princess though, he just wants to play his violin for the King. Can you make up a rags to riches story with a boy as the main character?



























Tony Ross Drawing Cinderella

The brilliant Tony Ross has taken time out from illustrating the new David Walliams book to show us how to draw Cinderella, as featured in Don't Cook Cinderella by Francesca Simon. Why don't you have a go?