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The earliest known version of Cinderella

School Library Connection have shared this fab review of Cinderella of the Nile by school librarian Susan Black! Cinderella of the Nile is now available in paperback in the UK, and in hardback in the US. Read the review below.

In this earliest known version of a Cinderella story, dating back 2,000 years, beautiful Rhodopis was abducted in Greece by pirates and sold as a slave in Egypt. Her master was not pleased with her, however, because she could not smile for him. Rhodopis was then sold to a Greek merchant who treated her well in spite of his daughters’ cruelty to her. After the merchant saw Rhodopis dance one afternoon, he gave her a pair of beautiful rose slippers. Soon it became known that the young Pharaoh was looking for a wife. With high hopes of marriage, the merchant’s three cruel daughters traveled to the royal palace only to find that a bird had dropped a little rose slipper into the young Pharaoh’s hand while outdoors. As in other Cinderella stories, the Pharaoh searched for the owner of the slipper and found it fit Rhodopis and they married and lived happily ever after. This version of the classic story would fit nicely into a unit featuring other Cinderella stories for the purpose of comparing and contrasting how the story is told in different ways and in different cultures. The detailed illustrations in this book help tell the story via their depictions of the ethnic looks of the characters, their manner of dress, and their surroundings and could lead to discussions on how the visuals differ with regard to the time period, dress, location, and even climate between versions of the Cinderella story.

Susan Black, Librarian, Arlee (Montana) Elementary School

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