Egyptian Cinderella

Egyptian Cinderella

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by Shirley Climo, Ruth Heller
     
 

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"Climo has woven this ancient tale, a mixture of fact and myth, with clarity and eloquence. The beauty of the language is set off to perfection by Heller's arresting illustrations. A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations [that makes] a winner for story hours, as well as a useful resource for the study of Cinderella through the

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"Climo has woven this ancient tale, a mixture of fact and myth, with clarity and eloquence. The beauty of the language is set off to perfection by Heller's arresting illustrations. A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations [that makes] a winner for story hours, as well as a useful resource for the study of Cinderella through the ages." —SLJ.

Notable 1989 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Author Biography: Shirley Climo is well-known for her thoroughly researched retellings of the Cinderella tale in the best-selling The Korean Cinderella and The Egyptian Cinderella, both illustrated by Ruth Heller. Ms. Climo lives in Los Altos, CA.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The setting may be exotic and the glass slippers may have been replaced by leather ones with toes of rose-red gold, but this is a story no child could fail to recognize. Climo's intriguing variation on the Cinderella tale is based on a combination of fact (there was indeed a Greek slave girl named Rhodopis who married the Pharaoh Amasis), and fable--in this case, Egyptian. A trio of uppity servant girls assume the roles of the wicked stepsisters, a kindly master serves as the fairy godmother (to provide the slippers) and a handsome pharoah steps in as Prince Charming. The foreign locale comes complete with lotus flowers, a hippo, a great falcon (symbol of the Egyptian sky god Horus) and, of course, the River Nile. Climo hits just the right note in her imaginative retelling of the fairy tale. The text is incorporated in the design of Heller's stylized illustrations with their appropriately lush colors. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this clever retelling of an ancient Egyptian tale, a Greek slave girl named Rhodopis receives a pair of rose-red slippers from her kindly old master. When a falcon swoops down and soars away with one of the beautiful shoes, she becomes heartbroken. Unbeknownst to her, the falcon delivers her slipper to the great Pharaoh himself, who sets out on a journey to find the slipper's owner. When he locates Rhodopis, he falls in love and makes her his wife and beloved queen. Both adults and children will enjoy this book's eloquent prose and exquisite illustrations.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations. Climo has woven this ancient tale, a mixture of fact and myth, with clarity and eloquence. The beauty of the language is set off to perfection by Heller's arresting full-color illustrations. The story of Rhodopis, a Greek slave girl in ancient Egypt, is an interesting variant of the traditional Cinderella legend. Because of her rosy complexion and fair hair, Rhodopis is scorned and teased by the Egyptian servant girls who work for her kind but disinterested master. Rhodopis' happy fate, becoming the wife of Pharaoh Amasis (570-526 ..), is accomplished through the intercession of the great falcon, symbol of the god Horus. When the majestic bird deposits one of Rhodopis' rosy-gold slippers, a gift from her master, in the lap of the Pharaoh, he determines this to be a signal from the gods to marry the maiden whose foot it fits. Powerful visual presentations reminiscent of the figures on Egyptian frieze paintings and carvings, colorful birds and animals that pulse with life, and information about Egyptian mythology and civilization are subtly interwoven into the traditional folktale. This will certainly be a winner for story hours, as well as a useful resource for the study of Cinderella through the ages and throughout the world. --Martha Rosen, Edgewood Sch . , Scarsdale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064432795
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1992
Series:
Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
94,397
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.07(d)
Lexile:
AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.

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The Egyptian Cinderella 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, I have to say that for someone to judge this book based off the skin color of the main character is...well...kind of racist! My niece loves this book because of the brilliant illustrations and the different names of the characters. If you want your little girl to be exposed to different cultures without travelling the globe I think buying all the cultural variations of the classic Cinderella story would be worth-while investment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughters and I loved this book. Good prevailing over evil is the common theme of this book. The art is beautiful and helps to tell this wonderful story. I highly recommend it to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Egyptian Cinderella is a great book. My personal opinion about what the author is trying to say is 'No matter how different people are from everyone else they are still special'. The beginning of the book is sad but it has a really happy ending.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Growing up, this was one of my favorite books. I remember having my parents, babysitters and other family members read this to my sister and I. The colors are vivid, and so is the story, and it will draw adults and children alike to it. Ruth Heller does a wonderful job of illustrating Rhodopsis' story and the ancient Egyptian world that she lives in just as Shirley Climo skillfully tells it. One of the main things that I remember from this book is that it did a wonderful job of showing that there is nothing wrong with being different. Please, do yourself a favor and don't be turned off by the color of the girl on the cover, to do so would be doing yourself and anyone who you intended on sharing this book with a disservice. This book does not propagate racism or bigotry but promotes the idea that even though you look different or are in the minority, it does not make you less just as it also shows just because you belong to the majority, it does not make you above all others. That last point is something that I think every child and adult should hold on to, which is that even though you are in the minority, it does not mean that those who outnumber you are justified in their disdainful treatment of you.
KailaF More than 1 year ago
This book is just like Cinderella, but it has a little twist. The Egyptian Cinderella was a really fun book to read. If you read this book you would want to read it over and over again. I loved this book,whoever gets this book will really enjoy it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a interesting book especially for children.I trully recomand this book for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Cinderella stories from around the world. so when i found out about the Egyptian Cinderella I was jumping for joy. I was trying to find Black Cinderella's so I was expecting a brown-skinned cinderella. When I read the book found out she wasn't i was disappointed. In my opinion this is not a good book.
ImJustDEE More than 1 year ago
this is just so sad smh