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The ancient Mediterranean slave trade drives the plot of this 2,000-year-old legend retold by Naidoo. A girl named Rhodopis (Greek for “rosy-cheeked”) is celebrated for her beauty, but pirates know that “a girl like this could be sold for a fat bag of silver coins.” Like a river, Rhodopis’s story rolls by many things: a sojourn with the owner of the legendary field slave Aesop—who tells her a fable of trees and reeds, emphasizing that because the reeds bend, they do not break—and a place with a Greek merchant who treats her like a daughter, sparking the jealousy of his Egyptian servants (three malicious sisters). From here, the parallels with “Cinderella” emerge, as a slipper stolen by Horus the falcon god unites Rhodopis and the Pharaoh. Vafaeian’s richly hued and intricately detailed folk-style illustrations offer a visual counterpoint to a complex tale. Ages 7–11. (Jul.)
- 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.
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