Front Cover - Zezolla, The Cat Cinderella



An Italian Fairytale


By Giambattista Basile

Translated by John Edward Taylor

Adapted by Rachel Louise Lawrence


In a few years, the date-tree had grown

as tall as a woman, and out of it came

a Fairy, who said to Zezolla,

"What do you wish for?"


Before Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, Basile penned the first modern literary transcription of the Cinderella fairytale. It is the story of Zezolla, the daughter of an Italian Prince, who is betrayed by her governess and forced to live the life of a servant—that is until the King announces a feast. With assistance from a date tree given to her by the Fairies of Sardinia, Zezolla is able to attend the feast and her life is forever changed.


[Folklore Type: ATU-510A (Persecuted Heroine)]


Print Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Blackdown Publications

Publication Date: 27 March 2019

ISBN-13: 978-1091133655

Print Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Blackdown Publications

Publication Date: 18 September 2014