Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a beautiful young girl. She was very sad. Her mother had died and her father had married again. His new wife had two ugly daughters.
Soon after, her father also died and life immediately changed for the girl.
“You will be our servant,” said her stepmother. “You will do everything we say.”
“You must sleep in the kitchens, by the fire in the ashes,” said her stepsisters.
After tending the fire and cooking, the girl’s clothes were very dirty. She was called to clear away dishes.
There were There were cinders(灰渣) all over her clothes, so cinders(灰渣) all over her clothes, so her stepmother and the two stepsisters called her Cinderella, which meant Cinders. That’s her new name.
Cinderella had to work very hard, as all the other servants were dismissed by her stepmother.
One day, an invitation arrived from the palace.
“Girls, listen to this,” said the stepmother. Cinderella was serving the breakfast. She listened as her stepmother read the invitation.
“The King is having a ball,” she said, excitedly. “He is looking for a wife for the Prince! Oh, my dears, this is wonderful. He will probably choose one of you.”
“Am I invited too, stepmother?” asked Cinderella.
“You! Certainly not!” exclaimed her stepmother. “The thought of such a thing. A dirtily-dressed servant is going to a ball, when only beautiful ladies are invited!”
“Hah! Hah!” laughed the stepsisters. “Beautiful! That doesn’t include you, Cinderella!”
“You may help my two lovely girls to get ready,” said her stepmother.
“Oh,” said Cinderella, sadly.
“We shall all have new dresses, girls, and we shall go shopping today. Clear away these things, Cinderella.”
“Oh, I wish I could go to the ball,” thought There were cinders(灰渣) all over her clothes, so
Questions: 1. After her father remarried, where did Cinderella sleep at night?
2. Why do people call the girl Cinderella?
Keys: 1. She slept in the kitchens, by the fire in the ashes.
2. There were cinders all over her clothes, so she was named Cinderella