Cinderella

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Cinderella’s mother died while she was a very little child, leaving her to the care of her father and her step-sisters, who were very much older than herself; for Cinderella’s father had been twice married, and her mother was his second wife. Now, Cinderella’s sisters did not love her, and were very unkind to her. As she grew older they made her work as a servant, and even sift the cinders; on which account they used to call her in mockery “Cinderella.” It was not her real name, but she became afterwards so well known by it that her proper one has been forgotten.

She was a very sweet-tempered, good girl, however, and everybody (except her cruel sisters) loved her.

CINDERELLA AT HOME.

It happened, when Cinderella was about seventeen years old, that the King of that country gave a ball, to which all ladies of the land, and among the rest the young girl’s sisters, were invited. And they made her dress them for the ball, but never thought of allowing her to go there.

CINDERELLA DRESSING HER SISTERS FOR THE BALL.

“I wish you would take me to the ball with you,” said Cinderella, meekly.

“Take you, indeed!” answered the elder sister, with a sneer; “it is no place for a cinder-sifter: stay at home and do your work.”

When they were gone, Cinderella, whose heart was very sad, sat down and cried bitterly; but as she sat sorrowful, thinking of the unkindness of her sisters, a voice called to her from the garden, and she went out to see who was there. It was her godmother, a good old Fairy.

“Do not cry, Cinderella,” she said; “you also shall go to the ball, because you are a kind, good girl. Bring me a large pumpkin.”

Cinderella obeyed, and the Fairy, touching it with her wand, turned it into a grand coach. Then she desired Cinderella to go to the trap, and bring her a rat. The girl obeyed, and a touch of the Fairy’s wand turned him into a very smart coachman. Two mice were turned into footmen; four grasshoppers into white horses. Next, the Fairy touched Cinderella’s rags, and they became rich satin robes, trimmed with point lace. Diamonds shone in her hair and on her neck and arms, and her kind godmother thought she had seldom seen so lovely a girl. Her old shoes became a charming pair of glass slippers, which shone like diamonds.

“Now go to the ball, my love,” she said, “and enjoy yourself. But remember, you must leave the room before the clock strikes eleven. If you do not your dress will return to its original rags. I approve of pleasure, but not of dissipation, and I expect that you will show your gratitude by obeying me.”

Cinderella kissed and thanked her godmother. Then she stepped into her coach and drove off, with her footmen behind, in great style. The Fairy, when she was gone, returned to Fairyland.

Cinderella was received at the King’s palace with great respect. The Lord Chamberlain bowed low to her, thinking she must be a very great lady by her dress and carriage, and he showed her at once into the ball-room.

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER.

She was so beautiful that everybody looked at her, and wondered who she was; and the Prince asked her to dance with him, and afterwards would dance with no one else.

ARRIVAL AT THE PALACE.

But she made haste to leave a little before the hour fixed, and had time to undress before her sisters came home. They told her a beautiful Princess had been at the ball, with whom the Prince was delighted. They did not know it was Cinderella herself, and she was amused to hear them admire her grace and beauty, and say that they were sure she was a royal lady.

The Prince was quite vexed when supper-time came, and he could not find his beautiful partner, and no one had seen her leave the room. But in hopes of beholding her again, he persuaded the King to give another grand ball. As soon as her sisters were gone to it, Cinderella’s godmother arrived.

“You were so good and obedient last time, that I shall let you go out again,” said she to the young girl.

And once more the rat, mice, grasshoppers, and pumpkin (which had gone back to their original shapes after the first ball) were turned into the grand carriage and attendants, and Cinderella, in rose-coloured satin and rubies, went to the royal ball.

Directly the Prince saw her, he asked her to dance, and would have no other partner, and as he led her past her two unkind sisters, she saw them look at her dress with envious eyes, and knew that they wished they were as beautiful, and as well-dressed as she was.

But in the midst of her enjoyment, Cinderella remembered the Fairy’s command, and at half-past ten glided out of the room, and drove home again. Her sisters found her waiting to undress them in her usual rags, and kept her up to tell her how beautiful the unknown Princess was, and how well she was dressed.

Again the Prince was vexed at the sudden disappearance of the beautiful stranger, and once more he persuaded the King to give a grand State ball.

“I wonder if Princess Beauty will be there!” said the sisters to Cinderella. “We must have new dresses, for she is so splendid. She makes every one look shabby.”

CINDERELLA DANCES WITH THE PRINCE.

Cinderella smiled as she helped them to dress. She was sure the Fairy would let her go to the ball too. And she was right. Her godmother, pleased with her obedience, came in good time, and Cinderella, dressed in blue satin and pearls, went in the same style as before.

CINDERELLA RUNS HOME AND LOSES HER SLIPPER.

The Prince would scarcely let her out of his sight, and Cinderella, who was getting a little spoiled by all the flattery she heard, began to think more of herself and less of the Fairy; so the time stole on, till glancing up at the clock, she saw it wanted only five minutes to eleven.

At once she darted out of the room, and ran through the palace as fast as she could go, but as she reached the hall, she lost one of her precious glass slippers! She did not stop to pick it up, but rushed to the door. Alas! the clock had struck
Eleven. She found no coach, only a pumpkin, and the rat and mice ran quickly away when they saw her; while all her fine dress turned to rags, and she had to run home alone in the darkness of the night.

The Prince was very much surprised when he missed Cinderella again, and leaving the ball, went in search of her. He asked all the attendants, but no one had seen her, and when enquiry was made of the porter, he said that no one had gone out of the palace except a poor ragged beggar-girl.

However, the Prince’s search was rewarded by his finding the glass slipper, which he well knew belonged to the unknown Princess. He loved Cinderella so much that he now resolved to marry her; and as he felt sure that no one else could wear such a tiny shoe as hers was, he sent out a herald to proclaim that whichever lady in his kingdom could put on this glass slipper should be his wife.

All the great ladies who wished to be a Princess tried to put it on, but in vain. Cinderella’s sisters tried, but could not get it on, and then Cinderella asked if she might try. They laughed at her; but the Prince, hearing of her wish, sent for her. She went with her sisters in her poor dress, but very clean, and at once put on the slipper. Then she drew the fellow of it from her pocket, and slipped it on her other foot.

The Prince, who had thought the moment he saw her that the poor girl was very much like the beautiful Princess, was delighted. He insisted on Cinderella telling him her story, which she did very modestly, and all listened with wonder.

CINDERELLA TRIES ON THE SLIPPER.

As her tale ended, the Fairy godmother suddenly entered the room, and placing her godchild’s hand in the Prince’s, said:

“Take this young girl for your wife, Prince; she is good and patient, and as she has known how to submit to injustice meekly, she will know how to reign justly.”

CINDERELLA MARRIED TO THE PRINCE.

So Cinderella was married to the Prince in great state, and they lived together very happily. She forgave her sisters, and treated them always very kindly, and the Prince had great cause to be glad that he had found the glass slipper.


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  1. Hi

    Good for school too it’s a 5

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  2. Hi

    Good for school

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  3. Dhruv

    Very beautiful story

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  4. ifra

    interesting and nice.

    Rating: 7.19/10. From 16 votes.
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  5. layla

    the story about Cinderella is about.a girl that her father died and now she lives with her stepmother mother and her two stepsisters.the two step sisters are very rude and mean and is always making Cinderella do all the chores.the stepmother is also very rude even when the two sisters are being rude to Cinderella she just left him do it.one day this man from a palace gave invitations to the to mean stepsisters and the stepmother well they also gave it to Cinderella but the stepmother did not want Cinderella to do it because she was too pretty and she was too jealous of Cinderella.Cinderella went up to the attic found one of her mom’s old dresses it was a bit old-fashioned but she could fix it up her stepmother made her do chores while her friends were fixing up her dress.when her dress was all fixed up she went out to get ready for the ball but her sisters saw her their old ribbons their old beads and ripped the dress to pieces I’m at night Cinderella ran to the Garden to go cry but then there was the Fairy Godmother and she said Bippity Boppity Boo and she had a dress she had a carriage she was ready to go to the bar but there was one downside on it when the clock strikes 12 it’ll all go away.

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  6. Adeleke Adeniyi

    LOVE IT HEART HEART HEART SORRY USING MAC

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    it was very well written and I loved reading it.

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    thanks it was good

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  9. Stephens.Bunny

    Most people want to transform the world, but few people want to transform themselves

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      I … loved it

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    this story is very nice

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    so nice and intresting

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  13. Landen M

    i liked it. It was a good story.

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    I have. I like the story!

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    Thanks

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  19. salama

    intresting

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  20. Keira

    Awesome story different than cinderella i remember

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  21. Keira

    Story is awesome!

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  22. Tata

    very nice history , I love it .

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  23. Ankit

    Nice story

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  24. Rohit

    Best story

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  25. manine

    I thought that the story was weird.

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    1. Lily

      why?

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  26. cadence welch

    I love this story so much

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    1. Lily

      different,but I like it

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  27. cadence welch

    I love it!!!!!

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    1. Kylie Hamamura

      I thought that this story was GREAT but not like the original Cinderella

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      1. Anonymous

        This is the original cinderella and then the one when there was only one ball was the modified version. :9

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  28. Bennett finney

    AMAZING

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    i love this story. done reading it.

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    i read the story

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  31. Reya

    I really liked it!❤️❤️
    But why did the prince hold three balls!

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  32. Michael Roscishewsky

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Flo Castellino

    was good. would be more better if there was use of more descriptive language.

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  34. Boluwatife

    This story is so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. But I did not like the part that Cinderella ‘s sisters did not like her.

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  35. Carissa(C.J.)

    . . . Eh. It was ok.

    Rating: 7.75/10. From 4 votes.
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  36. James

    I loved it so much it made me cry because how emotional i am but i loved it i could just read that all day.Peace out girls.✌

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    1. Melissa

      Yes me too !! So emotional❤

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    nice

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    nice

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    I give that story an A+

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      Very bad story

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  40. Linda

    Always a great story to read for bedtime. Thank you

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    love it!!!!!! awesome..

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  42. rory

    not a short story

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  43. Tyler

    My girlfriend thinks this story is very repetitive expecially when u have to read it every night

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    1. Brian Martin

      I guess any story, no matter how good, will get repetitive if you have to read it every night! Lucky there are many hundreds of different stories to suit all tastes available on Short Kid Stories!

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  44. jessica

    this story is good, my favorite part is when she bites the apple and dies

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    1. Dominique

      I believe that you are thinking of Snow White. This story is Cinderella. Also, Snow White does NOT in fact die. You’re welcome.

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      1. Mr.Dr.King.Temmie

        they were joking -_-

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    My favorite story. Thank you.

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    i like it but it is pretty bad

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      WOW not so good first time reading it and I hate it

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    Very good story. Thanks!

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    Really bad

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    I didn’t like it

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    best child story ever

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    Cool story

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  55. Andi

    Story was enjoyable and had good meanings …

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  56. Yaksh

    the clock strikes eleven part need the turn from eleven to twelve

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    1. Tom

      I think so too

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  57. Mathahari

    Nice bedtime story.

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  58. yaboy

    this story made me want to watch the movie so I think it is lit

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  59. Jordan

    alright

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  60. Ziyak

    Meh. Average story

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    This is a very good story

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  62. Clifton

    That Cinderella is a lucky girl

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    Very good and exelen

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    This story is Kind

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    1. Jonah

      you should read the original by brother Grimm

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  65. Sangeeta

    My favorite cindrella and very nice. Sweet story. Thnxxq

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    good story

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    It is soo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  68. MS.BEE

    HEARTFELT & HEARTWARMING STORY…WELL WRITTEN THANKS

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  69. MS.BEE

    HEARTFELT & HEARTWARMING STORY

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    Its fun reading it very exiting.kayl and negra.kayneg@gmail.com

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  71. Anahita

    This is a very good story.Thanks for making this nice story

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    Its good

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    Excellent story

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  74. Alia

    Nice

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  75. aaron

    meh bad there are lizard foot men.

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    1. chloe

      wow

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      1. Carissa(C.J.)

        “Wow”… Aaron is right.

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        1. Ankit

          Thanks

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  76. sara

    bad and long

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  77. Excellence

    ✅☹☺

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    1. daniela luna

      yea best child story ever!!!!!!!!

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  78. Excellence

    It’s okay I guess

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  79. bhoomika

    this was a very good and best story but it is lenthithi to read.

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    It’s Cool

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  81. Viola

    this story is so useful

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    1. Srusti

      It was good I like it . When Cinderella was marriage ing the king. I like it very much

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  82. Anandi

    This is too good but i want full and short story of Cinderella……

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    1. heku_siale

      A best story 4ever… Love it ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    2. Nina

      I love this story so much!!!!! My son loved it even more!!

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