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The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

The Egyptian Cinderella (edition 1992)

by Shirley Climo, Ruth Heller (Illustrator)

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Title:The Egyptian Cinderella
Authors:Shirley Climo
Other authors:Ruth Heller (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1992), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
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Rhodopis, is a Greek slave in ancient Egypt, who is given a pair of rose-red slippers by her kindly old master. When a falcon swoops down and soars away with one of them, she is heartbroken. Little does she know that the falcon will deliver her slipper to the great Pharaoh himself, who will search Egypt to find its owner.
One of may favorite Cinderella tales.
  KButterfield | Dec 7, 2016 |
I thought this was a very interesting take on the classic (Disney version) fairy-tale of Cinderella. This version tells the story of a Greek girl named Rhodopis who was sent to Egypt as a slave. Rhodopis was made fun of by three other servant girls because of her green eyes, blonde hair, and rosy cheeks. She was forced to do all the work in the house, and was constantly made fun of by the other three servant girls. One day her master sees her dancing and singing with the animals barefoot and decides to buy her a pair of rose gold slippers. The "Cinderella" part of this story comes in when the pharaoh "holds a court" for all the people of the land. Rhodopis must stay behind and take care of the household chores, when all of a sudden a falcon flies in and steals one of her rose gold slippers. The falcon ends up dropping the slipper in the hands of the Pharaoh, which he takes as a sign that whoever fits the slipper will be his wife. This was definitely not your normal Cinderella story. There was no magic involved, no fairy godmother, but one could argue that the fairy godmother was replaced with a "fairy god" falcon. The ending of the book explains how the falcon represents Horus, the Egyptian sky god and deity of the living pharaohs. Another difference this story had to offer was Cinderella did not have a stepmother, but three servant girls who would boss her around. She also never met the "prince" before she married him; she just fit the glass slipper. I thought the illustrations were very symmetric; it was very much like the Egyptian art that would have been painted on walls back in the day. I did enjoy this take on the classic Cinderella story and think children would enjoy it too. ( )
  NihadKased | Sep 19, 2016 |
I do like Ruth Heller's illustrations. But really that's about all I can say about this book. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
" The Egyptian Cinderella" by Shirley Climo is very comparable to the American story of Cinderella except for a few huge details. There wasn't any fairy god mother, Cinderella never went to a ball, Cinderella was a slave in this story, and maybe the biggest difference of all her name wasn't Cinderella. Her name was Rhodopis, which meant rosy cheeks. She got that name because she would work in the hot sun so much that that her face would become red. It was refreshing to see the story of Cinderella told from a different prospective and in a setting such as Egypt. It makes me wonder what story was told first the Egyptian or American version of the tale. The language of the story really fits the book in this certain case. For example, in the last page of the book the pharaoh told Rhodopis that " She is the most Egyptian of all. For her eyes are as green as the Nile, her hair as feathery as papyrus, and her skin the pink of a lotus flower". Those descriptions of a person only could really be comparable in Egypt. The theme of the book can be interpreted in many ways, but to me it is even if someone thinks your the lowest of the low, you could still be the greatest person to someone else. The book is written at a 3rd grade level, but can be enjoyed by anyone. ( )
  twalsh | Feb 17, 2016 |
A lovely Cinderella tale with an Egyptian twist. No evil stepmother instead she was a slave and had evil house servants. Also no sign of a fairy godmother unless you can sort of count the falcon that stole her shoe as one. Beautiful drawings. ( )
  kesteves | Nov 30, 2015 |
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Long ago, in the land of Egypt, where the green Nile River widens to meet the blue sea, there lived a maiden called Rhodopis.
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A lowly slave girl named Rhodopis marries the Pharaoh in this ancient tale from the land of the pyramids.
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Poor Rhodopis! She has nothing - no mother or father, and no friends. She is a slave, from the far-off country of Greece. Only the beautiful rose-red slippers her master gives her can make Rhodopis smile. So when a falcon swoops down and snatches one of the slippers away, Rhodipis is heartbroken. For how is she to know that the slipper will land in the lap of the great Pharoah himself? And who would ever guess that the Pharoah has promised to find the slipper's owner and make her queen of all Egypt?

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In this version of Cinderella set in Egypt in the sixth century B.C., Rhodopes, a slave girl, eventually comes to be chosen by the Pharaoh to be his queen.

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