We were discussing fairy tales today (in the car on the way back from buying me a new watch - because I seem to have lost mine) and Pippi remarked that Cinderella absolutely made no sense. "Why didn't she just leave if the step-mother was that mean? She could just go make her own way."
I reminded her that in the time a lot of these fairy tales were written it wasn't so simple for a woman to go and make her own way. She lived under the protection of her father and then her husband. A young woman didn't simply go get her own apartment and get a job at the grocery store or something.
We talked a little more about what life was like in that "once upon a time land" - when step mothers seemed so prevalent and anything could happen.
Then I gave her a mission. "I want you to write a version of Cinderella that makes sense to you," I said. "You can set it in any time period you want."
"I will." She declared.
She's on the downstairs computer right now researching versions of Cinderella.
I can't wait for the final story!