Once upon a time lived a young girl named Cinderella. She was kind, smart, and beautiful. She had a happy life when she was very young. Bu tone day, her mother died and her father married a widow who had two daughters. Cinderella stepmother didn’t like her, and neither did her stepsisters. All her stepmother’s kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters. Nothing was too good for them. They had dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds, and every home comfort. But, for the poor Cinderella, there was nothing at all. She had no nice dresses, only her stepsisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No rest and no comfort. Poor Cinderella had to work hard all day. Only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders, which is why everybody called her Cinderella.
Cinderella’s father did not know that her stepmother and stepsisters treated her that way. But one day, sadly, her father did too, so poor Cinderella was left in the house with her stepmother and stepsisters. Things became worse after her father died. Her stepmother made her a servant in her own home. She even had to sleep in the corner of the kitchen. But even though her clothes were tattered and her face was always smudged with cinders, Cinderella had a cheerful heart. Her stepsisters teased her all the time. They always said bad things about her appearance.
One day, someone from the castle came to the house and gave an invitation. The Prince was going to hold a grand ball in three days, in order to find a bride. Every young woman in the kingdom was invited. Cinderella’s stepsisters were very excited. Both of them thought that they would become the Prince’s wife. When Cinderella asked whether she can go to the ball, they looked at her and laughed. Cinderella’s stepmother said that she can go to the ball if she can finish all of her work and make herself a new dress. It was impossible, because the next three days her stepmother gave her more work than usual. Poor Cinderella worked late into the night each day, and she had no time to make a new dress. When the day of the grand ball arrived, her stepmother and her stepsisters went to the grand ball dressed in lovely dresses, and leaving her alone.
Cinderella was very sad. She sat down on a bench and cried. Suddenly, a sweet little old lady appeared out of nowhere. She said “Cinderella, I am your Fairy Godmother. I will make your wish come true. You will go to the grand ball.” Fairy Godmother turned a pumpkin into a fabulous coach, four mice into four white horses, and a lizard into a coachman in uniform. Then, she turned Cinderella’s dirty clothes into a beautiful dress, with two delicate slippers made of glass on her feet. When Cinderella headed to the grand ball, Fairy Godmother warned her that the magic will end at midnight.
Cinderella was the most beautiful guest at the grand ball, and everyone looked at her. She looked so beautiful and different that even her stepmother and stepsisters did not recognize her. The Prince also thought that she was really beautiful, and that she was kind, smart, and funny. Cinderella was a great dancer, and she danced with the Prince all night long. She had never had so much fun. Suddenly, Cinderella realized that she had to go home because it was almost midnight. She quickly ran out of the ball. The Prince chased her, but she disappeared into the night. The Prince found one of her delicate glass slippers on the steps of the castle.
The next day, the Prince said that he will search every house in the kingdom to find a young woman whose foot fits into the glass slipper, and that he will marry her. Unfortunately, the glass slipper did not fit on any young women he met. Then, the Prince arrived at Cinderella’s house. Cinderella’s stepsisters tried to fit their foot into the glass slipper, but it did not fit. When the Prince asked whether there were any more young women in the house, Cinderella’s stepmother said that there is a servant girl, and added that she did not go to the ball. The Prince insisted that the servant girl try the glass slipper. Because he was the Prince, they had to obey him. The glass slipper fit Cinderella’s foot perfectly, and the Prince asked her to become his wife. They lived happily ever after.