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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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The Egyptian Cinderella tells the story of Cinderella, but with a girl named Rhodopis who was kidnapped from Greece and taken to Egypt. Although she isn't the only person "working" for the man who kidnapped her, since she's shite, the other girls make her do all the work. The girls take place of the stepsisters. The ball that the other girls go to is for the Prince's birthday party. Rhodopis never goes, but gets her golden slipper stolen by an eagle and dropped into the princes lap. The context of the story is very different from other Cinderella stories. I found it sort of disrespectful that a white girl is called "most Egyptian of them all." With all thats currently going on in the world with race and colorism, I wouldn't want to introduce this book to students. ( )
  CharleneMartin | Mar 16, 2017 |
The Egyptian Cinderella is a wonderful story. First, I liked that Rhodopis was given the red slippers for her beautiful dancing skills. "Her master ordered a pair of dainty slippers made especially for Rhodopis." I also liked the Pharaoh's response when one of the servant's said Rhodopis wasn't even Egyptian. "She is the most Egyptian of all," the Pharaoh declared. "For her eyes are as green as the Nile, her hair as feathery as papyrus, and her skin the pink of a lotus flower." This tale tells us that our differences make us beautiful. ( )
  kchari2 | Mar 12, 2017 |
I chose this book because I'm Egyptian and I was quite curious about what the story of an Egyptian Cinderella would consist of. The title was definitely not lying because this story is very similar to the american Cinderella story with some slight differences. The story starts off by introducing the Egyptian Cinderella, Rhodopis. She was actually from Greece and taken to Egypt by pirates that stole her. Rhodopis was a slave in Egypt and was hated by many servant girls because she looked different. For instance, Rhodopis had curly blonde hair, green eyes, and she was pale. Therefore, the Egyptian girls with straight black hair, brown eyes, and tanned skin, were envious of Rhodopis' beauty. The story continues about how the servant girls teased and bossed around Rhodopis. Just like the story of Cinderella, there was a party where the pharaoh,Amasis, would attend and they did not allow Rhodopis to come because she had to clean. This is where the story differs from the American Cinderella because there was no fairy god mother. Instead, a Falcon, which resembles the Egyptian god Horus, stole her gold shoe and dropped it on Amasis. Amasis felt like that was a sign from Horus and started looking everywhere for Rhodopis. My favorite line is Amasis' response to the servant who said she's no even Egyptian! He said, "She is the most Egyptian of all for her eyes are green as the Nile, her hair as feathery as papyrus, and her skin the pink of a lotus flower". I feel like this quote teaches the reader to not judge people by the way they look and to treat people how they would like to be treated because just because they look differently does not mean they are any less of a person than you are, ( )
  kristeen1995 | Jan 31, 2017 |
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 |
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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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