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The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern…

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story (edition 1999)

by Rebecca Hickox (Author), Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)

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Title:The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
Authors:Rebecca Hickox (Author)
Other authors:Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
Info:Holiday House (1999), 32 pages
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Tags:second grade, cinderella, middle east, middle eastern, fairytale, happy

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The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox



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A great middle eastern version of the classic Cinderella story reflecting the culture of an Iraqi girl and her stepmother's treatment.
  RanaH. | Oct 30, 2018 |
This book is a middle eastern version of Cinderella. She sneaks out and loses her sandal, a man finds it and goes around the entire neighborhood looking for her. The book is filled with middle eastern illustrations. ( )
  maespino | Oct 28, 2018 |
This Middle Eastern version of Cinderella is more similar to the American Disney version than I would have thought. Although it still contained elements of Middle Eastern culture, it was adapted from an earlier version from Asian culture. This version had a father who warned his daughter, Maha, of the dangers of getting a stepmother. Despite this, Maha continually begged her father to marry her best friend's mother. It spiraled downward quickly for Maha; she was assigned tough chores and was fed very little food. While running an errand, she saved a magic red fish one night, who subsequently acted as her "fairy godmother." Maha visited the magic fish every time she had a worry or concern. Eventually Maha grew up and came to the fish crying about attending a high-profile wedding. The fish happily granted all of her wishes, enhancing her beauty for the esteemed event. Maha's mean sister and stepmom thought the prominent maiden sitting by the bride looked like Maha, but they scoffed at the idea of her being there, especially with such an adorned outfit. Maha had such a good time there that she almost missed curfew, and she lost her fish-given golden sandal after falling while racing home. A few days later, the queen's eldest son was out for a horse ride when he found the slipper and wanted to marry its owner. As in the Disney version, they searched all the villages, looking for the lady whose foot it fit best. Furthermore, many women lied about it belonging to them. As the royal family was approaching their house, they locked up Maha in the bread oven for the other daughter's benefit. But, in a magical plot-twist moment, a chicken cock-a-doole-doo'd until it caught the attention and the royals demanded the stepmom let out Maha. The slipper fit perfectly, and she was soon married. ( )
  SavanaCampbell | Mar 13, 2018 |
This is a 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 who in return gives her beautiful clothes to wear to a bridal party, but she ends up staying too long, and loses her golden sandal as she rushes home. Tariq, brother of the bride, finds her sandal and his mother searches for the the owner of the shoe. In the end, the mother finds Maha and Maha and Tariq get married, and live happily ever after. This is an interesting spin on a classic that teaches about Middle Eastern culture.
  kelseymccaw | Dec 18, 2017 |
“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 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0823415139, Paperback)

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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