|Do you trust this crocodile? Indonesian Cinderella did!|
2. Scour all pots and pans ( Appalachia step mom).
3. And so on (step moms of the world.) Well, the girl knew she'd never be done, so into a miserable little heap the poor thing collapsed. And the magic sparkled once more: it made the sparrows in Germany fly in to pick out lentils, a witch woman in Appalachia "speak a spell - and up jumped the pots and pans and scoured themselves." Well, one way or another, those chores got done. But what to wear? The girl " looked into her mother's sewing basket (Laos); reached into the hole in the fruit tree (Russia); took from a crocodile who swam up a sarong made of gold ( Indonesia); accepted from the fish "a cloak sewn of king fisher feathers ( China); found a "kimono, red as sunset (Japan). " Her footwear was not forgotten either. In France glass slippers clinked on her feet. Indians say it was diamond anklets. In Iraq, she recieved "sandals of gold". And now her coach appeared. It was made from " a big round breadfruit" ( West Indies); a pumpkin (France, USA). Whisked to the ball, she stepped out. In Poland, they say that "so great was her beauty that the musicians stopped playing. No one, not even her stepmother knew who the beautiful stranger was.". Every where she went, the king's sons fell in love with her. She danced with him all night, and her feet did not hurt a bit. But suddenly: the first rooster crowed ( Indonesia); the clock began to strike twelve (France, Germany, England, USA). How she ran! Quick as a wink, "She leaped onto her mare's golden saddle. 'Who are you?' called the prince. The girl had no time for words and charged down the lane. The prince sprinted beside her, got a hand on her shoe - and the dainty thing pulled off in his fingers as she galloped away" (Ireland). Well, princes all over the world had pretty much the same experience, and they all wanted that girl. And all of them were used to getting what they wanted. So they set out to find her, and wherever she was, her stepmother hid her. In China, she actually rolled her up in a mat, with only her hair sticking out. In France they locked her in the henhouse, and then "grunting and sweating" the stepsisters try to get the shoe on. But they can't. Birds all over the world help girls in need, and in Iraq, a rooster gave the stepsisters away. He crowed out, " They put the ugly one on show and hid the beauty down below!". That old trick didn't work in Korea either. There, the magistrate " looked into the girl's eyes, took the straw sandal in his hand - and slipped it onto her foot with ease." And oh, what a wedding feast! In Zimbabwe it was " mangoes and melons", in India " rice seasoned with almonds". In Ireland they ate "beef stew and lamb stew", in Mexico, " anise cookies and custards". In fact, it was the biggest, best, most wonderful wedding that anyone can remember, and "such a wondrous turn of events, that people today are still telling the story."
NOTES: Paul Fleishman is the author of this compilation, and Julie Paschkis did the fabulous illustrations. Montessori Connection: Maria Montessori encouraged children to develop their sense of stereognosthic memory, that is a sense of the shape, weight, and feeling of an object in one's hand, by handling her geometric metal insets. The illustrations in this book beg to be studied. Use of the metal insets, often used to teach fractions, is ideal here. They can be used as templates for tracing, creating patterns of geometric shapes. Examples below from my geometry album and from my classroom. See M.M's The Montessori Elementary Material, ISBN 978-1-44374-274-0, (p. 311)
|table top drawings with insets|
|houses traced from geometric insets|