Once upon a time there was a young girl called Cinderella Cinderellas stepmother made her scrub floors and keep the house clean Cinderellas mother had died and her father had married a lady, with two spoilt daughters who did not like Cinderella
Sometimes Cinderella would dream about leaving home, but she never did. One day a letter arrived inviting all the young women in the land to a ball at the palace. Everyone in the house became very excited!
Unfortunately, Cinderellas horrible stepmother told her she could not go to the ball. Cinderella had to… …iron the clothes and…..help the others get ready.
Poor Cinderella was so tired that, when the others left for the ball, she fell to the floor and cried. Cinderellas stepsisters, who were quite ugly and very selfish, fussed around all day.
Don t cry, Cinderella, said a voice behind her, You shall go to the ball I am your Fairy Godmother and I have come to help you. Run to the garden and find a large pumpkin and six mice.
With a wave of her wand and a magic spell… Then the Fairy Godmother waved her wand again and… …the pumpkin and mice magically transformed into a carriage with footmen and horses! …Cinderella was wearing a beautiful gown and glass shoes.
Cinderella s Fairy Godmother then told her that everything would change back when the clock struck midnight. Cinderella said she would not forget! She thanked the Fairy Godmother and set out for the palace.
Everyone looked at Cinderella. She looked absolutely wonderful. Even her family did not recognise her! When Cinderella arrived the ball had already started.
The music was playing and soon a handsome man asked Cinderella to dance. Cinderella did not realise this was the Prince! She was having such a wonderful time that she forgot about the time. All too soon the clock began to strike.
Cinderella ran away from the palace as quickly as she could! The Prince tried to stop her, but it was too late. Then he saw a tiny glass shoe on the steps.
Cinderella did not notice her shoe had fallen off. Just as she got back to the road the clock struck for the final time and everything was back to the way it had been before.
The next day everyone was talking about the beautiful young girl who had danced with the Prince. The Prince was going to marry the girl whose foot fit the shoe! The Prince had sent out a royal page with the tiny glass shoe – every young girl had to try it on.
When the royal page arrived at Cinderella s home she patiently waited to try on the shoe. At last it was Cinderella s turn to try on the shoe… She now realised that the handsome man she had danced with was the Prince. …and it fitted perfectly. Soon Cinderella and the Prince were married and they lived happily ever after.
The End Story retold by Bev Evans www.communication4all.co.uk www.communication4all.co.uk Images by Maria Mantovani available form Inmagine art