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The oldest known Cinderella tale dates back to about 850-860 AD by the Chinese culture Over the years over 700 versions of Cinderella have appeared in many different cultures Cinderella can be enjoyed by any age group but primarily children tend to appreciate it most Children around the age of 5-6 start to develop more socially and emotionally According to Women and Childrens Health network children begin to understand the concept of following rules and different values They also begin to feel genuinely sympathetic towards other people at this age Fairy Tales like Cinderella would be most effective when introduced around this age and up but which variants For myself personally as a mother I would choose Jakob and Wilhelm Grimms version Ashputtle and the Native American version Oochigeaskw- The Rough Faced Girl These versions not only offer a more prominent morals but also show that consequences come with bad behavior and cultural differencesTales that teach honesty obedience and the consequences for negativity can instill good fundamental values in the developing mind of a child Tales that teach of another cultures beliefs and lifestyle can teach a child tolerance and acceptance Starting with The Native American version Oochigeaskw it gives insight to the Native Americans lifestyle This insight helps the childs development of understanding the world around them Many other versions of Cinderella use items that are more universally familiar such as slippers compared to moccasins used in Oochigeaskw The Native American lifestyle can be seen through the text with words such as moccasins wigwam rawhide and the use of wampum shells instead of gold and pearls Cultural ideas begin to show when there is no presence of a prince or king and they lived in a village within a settlement This increases the childs awareness that there are different life styles and values held by different peopleThis version also teaches a moral lesson in honesty The Native American version Oochigeaskw the Cinderella character goes
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