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Cinderella of the Nile

UK only

£7.99 (paperback)


£12.99 (hardback)

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Cinderella of the Nile is an Egyptian version of Cinderella is lovingly retold by the award-winning author Beverley Naidoo with vibrant and intricate illustrations by Marjan Vafaeian.

This earliest known version of Cinderella is brought to life for the modern-day reader. Rhodopis is a Greek girl who is sold into slavery by bandits and taken to Egypt. Along the way she becomes friends with the storyteller Aesop and a host of playful animals.

Her master gives her a pair of beautiful rose-red slippers, making three other servants jealous. But when Horus, the falcon, sweeps in to steal her slipper, Rhodopis has little idea that this act will lead her to the King of Egypt.

The first in our ‘One Story, Many Voices’ series, this ancient story of Cinderella finds its echo in fairy tales all over the world.

One Story Many Voices book bundle

Five books: Cinderella of the Nile, Quill Soup (paperbacks), The Phoenix of Persia, The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, Under the Great Plum Tree (hardbacks)


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Meet the author and illustrator

Beverley Naidoo is the Carnegie award-winning author of many novels for children and young adults. Brought up during the apartheid years in South Africa, much of Beverley’s writing reflects crossing boundaries and she has set her novels in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and the UK.
Beverley’s first novel, Journey to Jo’burg, was banned in South Africa until 1991 and has never been out of print in the UK since publication in 1985. It now appears in the Collins Modern Classics list at Harper Collins and is frequently used in schools.

Read an interview with Beverley


Marjan Vafaeian has been creating elaborate and detailed book illustrations for 10 years. Very well received at home in Iran, her work has also won awards in international exhibitions. Marjan has also illustrated The Parrot and the Merchant, a retelling of a fable by Rumi.


Read more about Cinderella of the Nile:
  • The Telegraph calls Cinderella of the Nile a story of triumph over adversity
  • Cinderella of the Nile featured in The Wall Street Journal
  • Read a review by Publishers Weekly: Cinderella of the Nile is richly hued and intricately detailed!
  • Carnegie and Kate Greenaway chooses Cinderella of the Nile and The Drum to promote diversity!
  • Cinderella of the Nile picked as best diverse children’s books by The Evening Standard
  • Hurrah! Cinderella of the Nile nominated for Kate Greenaway Awards!
  • Watch: Teacher Aidan Severs reads Cinderella of the Nile!
  • Read a review: I’m in LOVE with the illustrations! – Instagram Reviewer
  • Book Trust loves Cinderella of the Nile. Read their interview with Beverley Naidoo
  • Read a review: Cinderella of the Nile is a MAGICAL read!
  • Cinderella of the Nile selected by The Bookseller as a ‘One to Watch’
  • Cinderella of the Nile Amongst 9 Asian Cinderella Picture Books!
  • Cinderella of the Nile shortlisted for the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards!
  • Cinderella of the Nile among top 10 books of 2018!
  • Read a review: The imaginative illustrations present an Egyptian setting – Armadillo Magazine
  • Working with Tiny Owl has been a wonderful experience – Beverley Naidoo
  • Read a review: Cinderella of the Nile is featured on!
  • Read a review: Cinderella of the Nile is unlike any other version of the story! – Teacher Bookworm
  • Listen to this fab podcast and explore the exciting magic of fairy tales with academic Jack Zipes, librarian Ann Lazim, & Beverley Naidoo, author of , as they discuss fairy tales & the Cinderella story.
  • A glimpse of behind the scene; read this interview with the author Beverley Naidoo
  • Introducing the ‘One Story, Many Voices’ series by Tiny Owl publisher Delaram Ghanimifard
  • Read an article by classicist Alice Ahearn: the illustrations of Cinderella of the Nile are inspired by ancient Egyptian art!
  • Telegraph calls Cinderella of the Nile one of the best children’s books of 2018!
  • Read a review by UKLA magazine: Cinderella of the Nile is perfect for the KS2 classroom
  • Read our Fairy Tales Campaign by responses by Heather Robbins, Diane PurkissPippa GoodhartAnne BoothBeverley NaidooAlan Durant and Teresa Cremin
  • Read the roundup of our Fairy Tale campaign and the conclusions that it led to
  • Read this review by Parents in Touch: A refreshing take on the traditional story of Cinderella 
  • Cinderella of the Nile among the best 10 empathy books
  • An introduction of the book by Achuka
  • Read this article by North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award about Beverley Naidoo’s storytelling event at Hay Festival
  • Read a blog: Beverley Naidoo takes part in storytelling event at Southbourne library
  • Book Trust loves Cinderella of the Nile
  • Read a review by Read it Daddy: Different to all other Cinderellas!
  • Read a review by primary school practitioner Kiran Satti for Just Imagine
  • Read A blog post by author Beverley Naidoo in response to CLPE’s ‘Reflecting Realities’ report
  • Watch fab author Beverley Naidoo read from Cinderella of The Nile!
  • Book Trust: we can’t stop gazing at the beautiful Cinderella of the Nile
  • Read a review by Jill Bennett: The illustrations are a perfect complement to Beverley Naidoo’s fine telling
  • Read a blog by classicist Meghan Sullivan: illustrations echo ancient Egyptian art
  • Read a blog: Five books on courage and kindness for kids chosen by Beverley Naidoo
  • Cinderella of the Nile was picked for Perfect Picture Book Friday
  • Read a review by Reading Zone: Cinderella of the Nile is woven with hopeful words
  • Inspiring ideas for fun classroom activities! A Year Three class’ amazing response to Cinderella of the Nile
  • Read a review by Kirkus Reviews: Cinderella of the Nile is a rich addition to the global fairy-tale collection!
  • An eight year old says why she loves Cinderella of the Nile!
  • Cinderella of the Nile is required reading for anyone interested in fairytales
  • Cinderella of the Nile featured in School Library Connection!
  • Read a review by Patricia Nozell: Cinderella of the Nile provokes discussion


The Telegraph

In this delightful retelling of an ancient Greek variant by Beverley Naidoo, our heroine wins the day without a fairy godmother or a fancy frock.

The Evening Standard

This Egyptian take on Cinderella is lovingly retold through clever text and vibrant and intricate illustrations.

Publishers Weekly

Vafaeian’s richly hued and intricately detailed folk-style illustrations offer a visual counterpoint to a complex tale.

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