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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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This story is a retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale, taking place in Egypt. Instead of magic fairy godmothers or pumpkins that turn into carriages, this story lacks many of the ‘magical’ elements and instead uses the Egyptian Gods to act as the greater force in the story. It is an interesting take on the classic story, tackling issues of ethnicity and minorities in different countries.

I enjoyed reading this story, because it emphasized the differences in appearance between people of different cultures and countries. It showed that it is good to be unique, especially in a place where everyone essentially looks the same. It celebrated differences and showed that outward appearances weren’t nearly as important as the inside.

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1. I would have the students compare and contrast the classic story of Cinderella and this version of the fairy tale.
2. We could begin learning about ancient Egypt, focusing on the different gods and goddesses.
  GSoto95 | Feb 11, 2015 |
This is a very different version of the classic Cinderella story that we are all used to hearing. A young girl from Greece is taken away to Egypt and is sold as a slave. She is given a beautiful gold slipper and the other servants are jealous of her. A falcon that is a symbol of the god Hodus takes her slipper to the Pharaoh, which sees it as a sign and goes looking for it. I really enjoyed reading this version of the cinderella story. The book had some great illustrations. This book can be used to compare the differences in the Cinderella stories throughout different cultures. ( )
  K_Rodriguez | Dec 1, 2014 |
The Egyptian Cinderella is a different retelling of the classic story of Cinderella. The main elements of the story of cinderella are in here, but with a twist. What a perfect addition to show the students about the different parts in the world. ( )
  jaelynculliford | Oct 2, 2014 |
This take on the Cinderella story is one of the oldest, dating back to the first century B.C. Rhodopis is stolen from Greece and sold as a slave to an Egyptian. Mistreated by her owner’s servants, the will of the God Horus changes Rhodopis fate. The story, retold by Shirley Climo, mixes fact and fiction. ( )
  AleciaDesselle | Feb 21, 2014 |
“The Egyptian Cinderella” is one of the world’s oldest Cinderella stories. It tells the tale of a young Greek slave who works in Egypt, however is noticed by her master for her amazing dancing skills. It is a beautiful and incredibly interesting story. It is important for children to be exposed to books like these that put a cultural twist on common folk tales. It was interesting to read about the Egyptian culture. This book is also partially fact, as well as fable. It would be fascinating to see a child compare this book to the traditional Cinderella. A teacher could ask them to point out the similarities and differences between them, while also asking questions about the Egyptian culture that they can glean from this book. ( )
  alines1 | Nov 13, 2013 |
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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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