Cinderella, also known as The Little Glass Slipper, is a fairy tale known worldwide, and has a variety of variations. The most popular version though is the French version, told by Charles Perrault in 1679, under the name, Cendrillon. In his additions to the tale, he included the pumpkin, the fairy godmother, and the glass slippers.
The Fairy Tale
Once upon a time, there was a young maiden, whose mother had sadly died an untimely death, and whose father had remarried a wicked woman who had two daughter of her own. Her stepmother and stepsisters hated the maiden, and would force her to do all the hard work around the house, calling her Cinderella, because she was covered in soot while her real name was Ella. One day, an invitation arrives from the castle, inviting the family to a ball being held by the prince. Cinderella wishes to go to the ball, but her Stepmother forbids her, and forces her to help get her stepsisters ready. When everyone else leaves for the ball, Cinderella cries, wishing she could go too. Suddenly, a fairy appears before Cinderella, introducing herself as her fairy godmother. Using her magic, the fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a carriage, mice into horses, her rags into a splendid gown, and gives her a pair of glass slippers. Before she leaves, the fairy godmother warns Cinderella not to stay out past midnight, or else the enchantment will be undone. Cinderella arrives at the ball, where the prince spots her, and is taken in by her beauty. The two dance the night away, until the clock strikes midnight, forcing Cinderella to leave. As she runs down the steps, she leaves behind one of her glass slippers. The next day, the prince travels around the kingdom in search of the maiden he danced with, declaring that whoever could fit into the glass slipper, would be his bride. When he arrives at Cinderella's house, the stepsisters try to fit into the slipper, but are unable to. When Cinderella tries it, it's a perfect fit. The prince takes her back to his castle, where the two of them get married and live happily ever after.
Stepmother: Auntie Step
Stepsisters: Evil stepsisters