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The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern…

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story

by Rebecca Hickox

Other authors: Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)

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“The Golden Sandal” is about a girl named Maha, the story being told is like the typical Cinderella story but with a different route. The setting of the book is in the Middle Eastern region, so culture is shown a lot throughout this book. Maha is true to her culture and true to the typical “Cinderella role.” She is the sweetest girl and obeys everything she is told. She has the typical step mother and step sister; who are not so sweet to her. And there is a so called fairy god mother, but that part is not so typical. Maha is always true to herself and true to her culture and father. ( )
  BrittanyAuel | Feb 16, 2017 |
This Middle Eastern Cinderella story about a girl, Maha, who is the servant of her mean stepmother and her stepsisters. Maha rescues a talking fish who helps Maha. The fish gives her beautiful clothes to wear to a wealthy, young woman's bridal party(this stories version of the ball) but stays too long, and in her rush home she looses her golden sandal. The sandal is picked up by the Tariq, brother of the bride. His mother searches for the woman who is the owner of the shoe, and finds her. In the end Maha and Tariq get married, and finally see each other and live happily ever after.
  KButterfield | Dec 7, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was a great twist to the classic American-version of Cinderella. It had great illustrations that engaged the reader and demonstrated cultural awareness to the Middle Eastern culture. ( )
  SarahA5752 | Nov 29, 2016 |
I didn't personally read this book for the cinderella prompt, i had the text book. I chose this book because Kat had it and it seemed very interesting wish i chose this book instead of the text book.
  Bri1144 | Oct 24, 2016 |
This story is a retelling of Cinderella in the Middle East.
  ashermak | Oct 24, 2016 |
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There once lived a fisherman whose wife had drowned, leaving him with a small daughter named Maha.
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An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magical fish.
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What do you get when you take Cinderella's glass slipper and transport it to the Middle East? The Golden Sandal! Rebecca Hickox's delightful retelling of an Iraqi folktale "The Little Red Fish and the Clog of Gold" has all the makings of any good Cinderella story--the mean stepmother, the young oppressed girl, a big shindig, a kind, magical creature who helps the girl dress up for the event, an enamored young man, a lost-and-found shoe, and the promise of a happy ending. However, with the Arabian twist, the girl's name is Maha, the benevolent creature is a fish, the shindig is a "grand henna," and the shoe that ultimately saves Maha from a cruel fate is none other than a golden sandal.

Rebecca Hickox, author of Zorro and Quwi, Per and the Dala Horse and Matreshka, teams up with the well-loved illustrator Will Hillenbrand of The Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Counting Crocodiles, and the award-winning Wicked Jack to create this fresh twist on a familiar tale--guaranteed to keep youngsters riveted until the satisfying ending when justice prevails! (Ages 4 to 8)

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An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.

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