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Author Beverley Naidoo reads Cinderella of the Nile!

We are delighted to see these kind words about Cinderella of the Nile in the UK Literary Association’s magazine, English 4-11. Cinderella of the Nile — written by Beverley Naidoo and illustrated by Marjan Vafaeian— is the first book in our series One Story, Many Voices, which celebrates the universal nature of fairytales. Read their thoughtful review below!

There are many versions of the Cinderella story and until this book I cheerfully thought, along with many, that the version from China outstripped others by a wide margin. This, however, is another early contender. The Egyptian Cinderella was first told by Herodotus, and then written down over 2000 years ago by the Greek historian Strabo. In this retelling, Beverley Naidoo’s lyrical language more than does justice to the tale of Rhodopis, the red-haired beauty born in Greece but captured by pirates and taken into slavery first in Samos, and then Egypt. Her Egyptian master’s kind treatment of her, bringing her into the house and regarding her as a daughter, inevitably made the less-well-favoured servants jealous, particularly three sisters who lived in a mud hut. Add to this a gift of beautiful slippers from her master, one of which was stolen by Horus the Falcon and taken to Pharaoh, and there are sufficient parallels from here for the reader to be able to complete the story. This is the first of a series under the umbrella One Story, Many Voices, which will then bring together authors and illustrators from different countries and cultural backgrounds, and is a worthy contender for the KS2 classroom library. The illustrations by Marjan Vafaeian mirror the tale well, bringing to many children a style they will not hitherto have encountered and encouraging them to think outside the European context. As a vehicle to explore different versions of a familiar story, it has much to commend it.

  • Watch the amazing trailer!
  • Hear author Beverley Naidoo read from Cinderella of the Nile!
  • Listen to a fab podcast about the magic of fairytales, featuring Beverley Naidoo
  • Discover more of Marjan Vafaeian’s beautiful illustrations!

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