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Cinderella of the Nile

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Nothing beats a good old fashioned fairy tale, Except, perhaps, a beloved fairy tale beautifully retold for the modern-day reader. Cinderella of the Nile, the earliest known-version of the Cinderella story, tells the tale of Rhodopis, 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. But her happiness is spoilt by three other jealous servants who fear that the master is making Rhodopis his favourite. Her master gives Rhodopis a pair of beautiful rose-red slippers. 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.

Beverley Naidoo. Photo: Linda Brownlee

Cinderella of the Nile is the first in our ‘One Story, Many Voices’ series, which explores well-known stories from across the world. It is retold by is the Carnegie award-winning author of many novels for children and young adults, Beverley Naidoo. 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.



Marjan Vafaeian the illustrator of Cinderella of the Nile

Marjan Vafaeian is the award-winning Iranian illustrator behind Cinderella of the Nile. Her illustrations are elaborate, forming a visually rich tapestry, unique in style. As well as winning awards in Iran for her illustrations, she was shortlisted for the Hakka International Picture Book Award in 2017, one of the runner-ups in 2004’s Noma Concours and in 2006 she won Noma Concours Encouragement Prize. Marjan’s first book with Tiny Owl was The Parrot and the Merchant in 2015, followed by Bijan & Manije in 2016.

  • Read Tiny Owl Publisher Delaram Ghanimifard’s introduction to the ‘One Story, Many Voices’ series
  • Check out: Cinderella of the Nile named One to Watch by The Bookseller

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