The many guises of Cinderella

We wanted to shed some light on the delightful and varied versions of the Cinderella story that we hold in our Children’s Literature collection.  The historical fairy tale has held its appeal for over a thousand years across many different countries and cultures.

Maria Nikolajeva has generously donated many of the Cinderella titles we now hold in our collection, including these vibrant and beautifully illustrated publications by Shirley Climo and The Golden Sandal by Rebecca Hickox.


The Korean Cinderella

By Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller

This title can be found shelved in the Fairy Tales section of our Children’s Fiction collection at: CLIMO (silver label).

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This retelling is based on three Korean variations of the classic tale. The author notes that there are half a dozen versions that have been a firm favourite with Korean children for centuries.

In this story our humble heroine, Pear Blossom, is assisted by a frog, sparrows and a black ox to break free from her cruel step mother and step sisters torment.

Illustrator Ruth Keller visited Korea, which informed her colourful paintings in the book. Much of the designs are steeped in tradition and history that she gathered from research at museums, palaces and a replica three hundred year old village that she visited.


The Egyptian Cinderella

By Shirley Climo and illustrated by Ruth Heller

This title can be found shelved in the Fairy Tales section of our Children’s Fiction collection at: CLIMO (silver label).

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Many claim this Egyptian tale of the Greek slave girl Rhodopis to be one of the worlds oldest Cinderella stories, which apparently was first recorded by the Greek historian Strabo in the first Century B.C. However, many argue that it did in fact originate from China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) in the story of Yeh Shen.

Historical facts aside, Shirley Climo has reworked the story beautifully and steeped it in captivating Egyptian mythology.  In this version Rhodopis’ fate is helped along by a thieving falcon that Climo chose instead of an eagle as it echoed the Egyptian sky god Horus.


The Irish Cinderlad

By Shirley Climo and illustrated by Loretta Krupinski

This title can be found shelved in the Fairy Tales section of our Children’s Fiction collection at: CLIMO (silver label).

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Next we are taken to Ireland with a male protagonist, Becan, who must pass the shoe test with his unusually large feet. This reworking is mainly based on Irish folktales of The Braket Bull in Four Irish Stories (Dublin, 1898) by Douglas Hyde and Billy Beg and His Bull from Best Stories to Tell to Children (Cambridge, MA, 1905) by Sara Cone Bryant.

In this version our Cinderlad befriends a misunderstood, mystical bull. According to Climo, in Ireland of old it was believed that cattle originated from the sea and posessed unusual powers. Climo writes “In particular, a cow with a white face and red ears was considered an enchanted creature.”


The Golden Sandal

By Rebecca Hickox and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

This title can be found shelved in the Fairy Tales section of our Children’s Fiction collection at: Hickox (silver label).

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Now our Cinderella journey takes us to Iraq with the story of The Golden Sandal. The central character of this Middle Eastern rendering is the unjustly treated Maha. The story contains all the familiar characters but with the unique element of a magical red fish whose life is spared by Maha.

Author Rebecca Hickox cites the Iraq story of The Little Red Fish and the Clog of Gold in Inea Bushnaq’s Arab Folktales (Pantheon, 1986) and a version from eastern Iran and western Afghanistan that appears in Cinderella: a casebook, edited by Alan Dundes (Wildman Press, 1983) as sources of inspiration.


Prince Cinders

By Babette Cole

This title can be found shelved in the Fairy Tales section of our Children’s Fiction collection at: COLE (silver label).

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Finally, we wanted to mention the comical modern day Cinderella retelling of Prince Cinders. Forced into a life of servitude by his bullying, party animal brothers, Prince Cinders is somehow saved by a clumsy fairy that tries to make all of his wishes come true but accidently turns him into a big hairy gorilla.

Find all of these titles and more in our Fairy Tales section of the Children’s Fiction collection. We hope you enjoyed delving into our collection and keep an eye out for more posts about the hidden gems in our Library.

Explore the wonders of Children’s Literature Collections in Cambridge via the guide to Children’s Literature Collections at Cambridge.


Eleanor’s Work Experience

The Education Faculty Library Team have had the pleasure of hosting Eleanor for the second week of her Year 10 work experience placement.  We have enjoyed showing Eleanor the different ways we support our students and staff, in particular our part-time and distance students who are still working towards deadlines over the summer vacation.

Eleanor has written the following guest post about her time with us.

My work experience at the Education Faculty Library has been brilliant. I always had something to do; all of the jobs were interesting and enjoyable, especially labelling books and processing in general.

It took a little while to get used to the classmark system here, as spending my first week at the main University library had accustomed my brain to an all-number system, but the system at Education was easy to pick up after a few goes.  Spending most of the first parts of my mornings shelving has helped me familiarise myself with the collection and the way the different types of books are organised, it also helped me when creating my summer reading list – full of magic and myths.


My week at the University Library helped me to compare the workings of a Faculty Library such as Education with those of a much larger research library – the two are both incredibly different, but intrinsically the same at basic principal. I enjoyed creating a new summer window display to help support Education students over the summer – particularly long distance and part-time students.


I even was able to have a peek in the archive and what happens to old editions (and just plain old) books there.  I learnt the whole process of a book’s lifecycle in the library – from first processing, to needing new borrowing records, to checking for and reporting damage to books, shelving, loaning, returning, relabelling old editions as newer ones come in, and eventually archiving or sale. It was a brilliant experience and I was never left bored or jobless, and I am so glad that I was able to come to the University Library and the Education Faculty Library for my work experience.

We would like to thank Eleanor for all of her hard work and assistance this week!


I know what you did this summer

Although lots of our lovely students have now either finished their courses or won’t be coming to the Faculty for teaching sessions for a little while, there’s still plenty to be done in the Education Library!

Here’s an insight into some of the work we will be undertaking over the next couple of months ready for when the PGCE term starts in September.

Reading lists

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There are over 100 session reading lists on the Library Moodle Site and they all, yes, that’s right, ALL need updating. The lists are interactive with links to online resources (ebooks & ejournals) as well as the catalogue and so provide our students with quick and easy access to readings for their teaching sessions (vital for all of our part-time and distance learning students).  It is no small task but is well worth the effort as one of our undergrads tells us: “They are such a lifeline both before and during term, and I don’t know of any other faculties that are so thorough and helpful with the resources put on Moodle.”


Teaching sessions


These all need planning and there are a lot!  As a team, we run approximately 72 general induction and online research skills sessions which are embedded across all seven Faculty programmes (Undergraduate, Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE, Practitioner Professional Development, Masters, PhD and EdD) enabling us to build strong relationships with our students from day one and (hopefully) have a positive impact on their learning.  Most of us have either attended conferences or workshops on teaching skills recently so now’s the time to reflect on last year’s teaching and see how we can improve (because there’s always room for improvement, right?)


Library Moodle Site


It just wouldn’t be summer in the Education Library without a revamp of the Moodle Site!  For our continuing students, we will be updating you about any changes when we see you in Michaelmas Term but in the meantime, if you cannot find the information you need, remember to get in touch with us (


Library Guides


We will be analysing the content of our four great Library guides (Referencing, Literature Searching, Research Methods and Social Media), improving and updating them wherever necessary.

Look out for new resources on the Research Methods Guide and a whole new Education Ebooks guide!!


Shelf tidying


We know how frustrating it can be if you can’t find a book on the shelves, so every summer all the team do a thorough tidy of the shelves to make sure all items are in the correct place, ready for the first group of students in September.

Supporting our students!

Not all of our students have finished their courses yet and so we’re on hand throughout the summer to help with their queries from Accessing articles to Zotero and referencing support.  We’re open throughout the summer, Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm.

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So now you know what the Education Library Team will be doing this summer!


New in the Library – Top Picks!

Our top picks of new books available in the Education Library this week!

inside teaching

Blanchard, J. (2017). Inside teaching: how to make a difference for every learner and teacher. London: Routledge.

Found in the Education Library, 371/1 BLA


data literate

Carroll, S.R. & Carroll, D.J. (2015). How to become data literate (2nd ed.). Lanhan: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Found in the Education Library, 370/78 CAR


damned women

Malkiel, N.W. (2016). “Keep the damned women out”: the struggle for coeducation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Found in the Education Library, 378/2 MAL



Carnie, F. (2018). Rebuilding our school from the bottom up: listening to teachers, children and parents. London: Routledge.

Found in the Education Library, 371/2 CAR

The hate u give - thomas

Thomas, A. (2017). The hate u give. London: Walker Books

Found in the Education Library, THOMAS (Children’s literature)

engaging in narrative inquiries with children and youth

Clandinin, D., Caine, V., Lessard, S. & Huber, J. (2016) Engaging in narrative inquiries with children and youth. London: Routledge

Found in the Education Library, 301/01 CLA

Presenting our Faculty publications – Summer Reads 2018

Need something to read this summer? Why not take a look at the new titles that have arrived in the Education Faculty Library!

Sue Swaffield introduces the new ‘Leadership for Learning’ book published almost ten years after the original text set out the Leadership for Learning (LfL) framework and principles in 2009.

MacBeath, J., Dempster, N., Frost, D., Johnson, G., & Swaffield, S. (2018). Strengthening the connections between leadership and learning : challenges to policy, school and classroom practice. London: Routledge

About the Authors

The co-founders of Leadership for Learning:the Cambridge Network:
John MacBeath (Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge).
Sue Swaffield (University Senior Lecturer – Educational Leadership and School Improvement).
David Frost (a member of the Faculty of Education for 20 years).
Along with:
Greer Johnson (Director of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University, Australia, and was previously a member of the Australian team on the Leadership for Learning Project).
Neil Dempster  (Emeritus Professor at Griffith University)

Stengthening the connections
“Examining a decade of research and practice, this book makes the case for a radical reappraisal of leadership, learning and their interrelationship in educational policy. Discussing whether policy direction is progressively constraining the professionalism and initiative of teachers and school leaders, it challenges conventional understanding and argues the case for thinking differently about the way to lead learning. Based on the LfL Project, the book clarifies, extends and refines LfL principles and practices, and their contribution to ameliorating some of the difficult conditions encountered in the contemporary educational policy environment.
It is an essential read for postgraduate students, especially those in leadership in education, as well as for teachers, school leaders and policymakers.” (Sue Swaffield)

Next in our summer showcase we have Helen Demetriou who introduces her new publication:

Demetriou, H. (2018). Empathy, emotion and education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Empathy emotion and education
“This book explores the construct of empathy and its connection with education, and covers the multifaceted nature of empathy and the external and internal influences behind this concept. The relationship between empathy and education is examined through the impact they have on each other for the development of social and emotional understanding, positive social behaviours and effective teaching and learning. It will be of interest to lecturers, practitioners, educational psychologists and researchers in the Faculty, as well as students at undergraduate to postgraduate level with an interest in effective teaching, developmental psychology and the social, emotional and cognitive nature of teaching and learning.” (Helen Demetriou)

All good things come in threes and our final title in this instalment of ‘Presenting our Faculty Publications’ is edited by Laura Kerslake and Rupert Wegerif

Kerslake, L., & Wegerif, R. (2018). Theory of teaching thinking : International perspectives. London : Routledge

Theory of taching thinking

“The Theory of Teaching Thinking presents international perspectives on the theories underpinning the pedagogy of teaching thinking from leaders in the field.

There is a great deal of global interest in teaching thinking, but it is a complex undertaking which needs a good understanding of what is being done in the classroom and why. This volume offers the principles that underlie classroom practice.

Chapters highlight the relationships between teachers and learners, the role of emotion, collaborative thinking, the community of inquiry in philosophy for children and a Confucian approach to teaching thinking.
They offer an interdisciplinary approach which aims to provide answers to some of the key questions in teaching thinking: what is thinking? How can thinking be taught? What does ‘better’ thinking mean?” (Laura Kerslake, Lead Editor)


Other recent publications by our Faculty Staff  include the following….

(Chapter 4  – ‘Outsiders on the Inside’: Working Class Students at UK Universities.
Written by Diane Reay)
(Chapter 15 – Crisis, critique and the contemporary university: reinventing the future. Written by Susan Robertson)
Remember you can discover the full range via #EdFacPublications, as well as following our Pinterest boards


New in the Library – Top Picks!

Our top picks of new books available in the Education Library this week!

The Lost Words - Macfarlane

Macfarlane, R. & Morris, J. (2017). The lost words. London: Hamish Hamilton.

Found in the Education Library, MACFARLANE (Library Living Room oversized book display)


The emotional learner - smith

Smith, M. (2018). The emotional learner. London: Routledge.

Found in the Education Library, 157 SMI


Reclaiming radical ideas in schools - moffat

Moffat, A. (2017). Reclaiming radical ideas in schools. London: Routledge.

Found in the Education Library, 920/72 MOF


mindset mathematics - boaler

Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2017). Mindset mathematics. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Found in the Education Library, 510/7 BOA


cross cultural analyis - davidov

Davidov, E., Schmidt, P., Billiet, J. & Meuleman, B. (2018). Cross-cultural analysis (2nd ed.) London: Routledge.

Found in the Education Library, 301/01 DAV


Practitioner enquiry - gilchrist

Gilchrist, G. (2018). Practitioner enquiry. London: Routledge.

Found in the Education Library, 370/72 GIL


You can find all of our top picks on our pinterest board.