• Clare

    Yay for folk lore Princesses! This story reminds me very much of the German fairy tale “Allerlairauh” and the French fairy tale “Donkeyskin”.

  • Rebecca Best

    It also reminds me of the “Sapsorrow” episode of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller series. It always fascinates me how different cultures have variations on the same story.

  • Deb Salisbury

    Yay, Jason is back! I missed your artwork and the wonderful stories you tell!

  • Caz

    yeah, definitely. I was thinking the same thing XD This story is basically Cinderella and Peau D’Âne ( Donkeyskin) mixed together ^^

  • Kiki

    There is also a chinese fairy tale with very similar themeing, but its been so long since college I don’t remember its name.

  • Aileen Brasche

    And the English story Catskin.

  • Mary Gallacher

    I was thinking the same thing

  • Sabine

    Thousandfur check boxes this whole time. And while I’m shamelessly bringing up beautiful girl in skin/fur, consider stopping by Erstwhiletales.com for a free reading of a European version of this tale.

  • Maria João Barata

    This is remarkably similar to a story which could be translated as “the princess with the donkey’s pelt” or some thing like that: her diseased-and-soon-to-be-deceased mother made her husband promise he would only marry a woman more beautiful than her, but it turned out the only woman that could fulfil that condition was his own daughter, so he asked her to marry him (at least he asked). Of course she didn’t want, but she tried to make it impossible, so she demanded him to make her three dresses out of impossible-to-find materials (what about a dress made of sunlight, another of moonlight, and another of clouds?). But somehow he did it, and, as a last resort, she asked him the pelt of a precious donkey, one that pooped gold (yup), convinced he wouldn’t dare to kill the donkey, as it was a favourite of the king. But he was blinded, and killed it, and gave the princess the pelt. Next night she noped outta there, with the donkey’s pelt as a cape of sorts, to a neighbouring kingdom, where she found a job as a pig keeper to the palace, and apparently also made shifts in the kitchen. One day there was a national party, and she didn’t want to attend, but she put on the cloud dress to distract herself a little, and then the prince passed by the window and fell sick with love. Doctors couldn’t cure him, until he confessed to his mother he was in love with a angel that descended on earth. She ordered a cake to be baked, in order to cheer him up, and the disguised princess (apparently no one took notice of the donkey pelt she wore all the time) was selected to cook it, but she let her ring fall in the dough. When the prince went to eat the cake he bit the ring, and recognized it, and he ordered all the maidens in the palace to try in the ring (like cinderella, only with a ring instead of a shoe), and all who tried had fingers too thick to fit. First the princesses, then the noblewomen, then the bourguoise, then the servants. The princess was last, covered in her donkey pelt, and all laughed at her, but she fit the ring, and then she cast off the pelt, to reveal herself in the moonlight gown. The prince wanted to marry her right away, but she wanted to talk to her father, whom she didn’t see in three years or so, to apologize and to ask for his blessing. He had fetched himslef quite the hottie in the meantime, so he was okay with it, and she married in the sunlight gown and everyone was happy ever after.

  • Maria João Barata

    And I think there was a fairy godmother somewhere in the middle of this story, but I’m not sure where.

  • A.

    There is a Czech (movie) fairy-tale very similar to this one, actually. Except it doesn’t include incest but a coward father and a fiancé with a VERY bad personality.

  • Mónica Elisabeth Sacco

    Hi! Juleidah’s story may be the ancestor of Perrault’s “Peau d’ane” (Donkeyskin”)