Cinderella Part II
Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters rode to the ball.
Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters rode to the ball.
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Below is the second part of "Cinderella."

Finally, the night of the ball arrived. As Cinderella helped her younger stepsister into her gown, the cruel girl asked, "Cinderella, why don't you come with us to the ball and dance with the prince?"

The stepmother and her daughters laughed at the thought of dirty, barefoot Cinderella dancing with the handsome prince. "No, she can't come," the stepmother said. "She has to sweep the hearth." Cinderella held back her tears.

"Don't forget to scrub the floor," the stepmother said.

"Clean the dishes," the younger stepsister said.

"And fluff my pillow," the other one said.

As the stepmother and her daughters climbed into their coach and rode off to the ball, Cinderella began to cry. Cinderella never complained, but the day of the fancy ball was too disappointing for her to bear.

"Why must I stay at home and sweep up the hearth while everyone else goes to the ball? Am I not as good and kind as everyone else?" cried Cinderella to herself.

She wanted to wear a fancy dress with pretty ribbons and bows. Most of all, she wanted to catch another glimpse of the handsome prince. Maybe he would ask her to dance with him!

Suddenly, a beautiful fairy magically appeared. It was Cinderella's fairy godmother!

"What is wrong, dear Cinderella?" asked the fairy ­godmother. Even though she had secretly watched over Cinderella's hard life, this was the first time she had ever seen the girl cry.

Cinderella wiped away her tears and said, "I'm sorry to cry. But I just wanted to go to the ball. I've never even worn a fancy dress, or danced, or been to the castle. I guess I'm just being silly."

"You have always been good and kind," the fairy godmother said sweetly. "And tonight you shall go to the prince's ball."

Cinderella's heart was so happy she thought it was going to burst. Then she was sad again. "I have no coach to take me there," Cinderella said, beginning to cry again.

"Oh, dear," the fairy godmother said. She thought for a moment, then clapped her hands. "I can turn that pumpkin into a coach." With a wave of her sparkly wand, she turned the hollow orange pumpkin into a coach decorated with gold and velvet.

To find out what happened next, continue to the next page.

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