The Egyptian Cinderella

The Egyptian Cinderella


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The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, Ruth Heller

"A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations" (School Library Journal). "An inventive twist on the classic tale" (Publishers Weekly).

This Egyptian spin on the classic Cinderella tale was initially recorded in the first century by a Roman historian and is retold here by folklorist Shirley Climo.

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, Rhodopis is heartbroken. For how is she to know that the slipper will land in the lap of the great Pharaoh himself? And who would ever guess that the Pharaoh has promised to find the slipper’s owner and make her queen of all Egypt?

Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064432795
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 119,580
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.08(d)
Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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. 11 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.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This is a neat story because it's possibly the earliest retelling of Cinderella and includes the slipper and everything. It's also got a bit of history behind it, as explained in the author's note. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the illustrations. They're pretty and even nod to Egyptian drawing style, but I hate the eyes being so high in the head, and I objected to the protagonist being blond. That's not in the story- only that she has green eyes and feathery hair. I think, being Greek, that it was more likely that she had dark brown or black hair.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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