Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Silhouette of a Fairy Tale

Cinderella has inspired the creativity of countless writers, artists, producers, and others. Fairytale adaptations and art are created using all sorts of different mediums – even paper cutting! In the early days of stop-motion photography, paper-cut figures were used to create cutout animation movies. Charlotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a German animation pioneer in the nascent… Continue reading Silhouette of a Fairy Tale

Historical · Math · NovElla · Quotes

Einstein’s Birthday

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” – Albert Einstein   Not only is it Einstein’s birthday today, it’s Pi Day too! If you’re interested in pi, you can learn more… Continue reading Einstein’s Birthday

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Rosy Rhodopis

Happy New Year! It’s January: a time of new beginnings and fresh starts! What about Cinderella? What’s her beginning? I’ve traced Cinderella to her earliest known source – in Egypt! Even older than the Chinese versions, the Cinderella character began as a Greek slave in the story of Rhodopis. Dating from the first century BC,… Continue reading Rosy Rhodopis

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Louisa May Alcott’s Modern Cinderella

Do you like modern retellings of your favorite timeworn tales? The short story, A Modern Cinderella, Or The Little Old Shoe, was considered an “updated” version by author Louisa May Alcott — in 1860! Which means, to us, it’s now historical. That makes the story a fantastic mix between the American lifestyle in the late… Continue reading Louisa May Alcott’s Modern Cinderella

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Charles Perrault and the Glass Slipper

Charles Perrault’s 1697 version of Cendrillon [“Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper”] is the origin of some of the most popular elements of Cinderella. Fairy godmother, pumpkin coach, glass slipper – all of these were the contribution of Perrault! You can see all my posts on Cinderella from the beginning at Introducing Cinderella. Charles Perrault… Continue reading Charles Perrault and the Glass Slipper