The Egyptian Cinderella

Title: The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Bibliography: Climo, S. (1989) The Egyptian Cinderella. New York, New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Annotation: As a baby, Rhodopis was stolen from her home in Greece and sold as a slave in Egypt. The servant girls teased her, for she looked very different from them, and she was a slave. One day her master saw her dancing in the garden with her animal friends and declared that she would no longer go barefoot. The servant girls continued to tease her, saying that she could not sail to Memphis to see the Pharaoh because she had chores to do. While washing linens, a falcon, the symbol of the God Horus, grasped one of her slippers and flew away. Meanwhile, in Memphis, the Pharaoh grew bored until the falcon dropped the slipper into his lap. The Pharaoh took this act as a sign from the gods that he should marry the maiden whose feet fit this slipper. The Pharaoh journeyed to distant cities in search of his bride, finally Rhodopis was able to try on the slipper and the Pharaoh declared her the most Egyptian of all for her eyes were as green as the Nile, her hair as feathery as papyrus, and her skin as pink as a lotus flower.

Genre: Folktale

Grade Level: 1-4

Readers who will like this book: Young readers interested in ancient Egyptian culture and how it may influence folktales will love this book! It also teaches the reader the valuable lesson that diversity should be celebrated, not pushed under the rug.

Personal Response and rating: 5; this book, while capturing a fabulous version of Cinderella, also promotes embracing diversity. The Egyptian Cinderella is a symbol of loving yourself for who you are and not changing to fit in.

Question: What might be different about an Egyptian Cinderella, compared to the Cinderella(s) we have discussed before?

Reading Strategy:

a.) Story Board

b.) Storyboards are a sequence of cards on which the illustrations from The Egyptian Cinderella have been attached. Ask the students to create a timeline of events from the illustrations.

c.) Using a storyboard for this book will help the teacher evaluate the comprehension of the students pertaining to the book. If being used in a unit on comparing different versions of Cinderella stories, this would be a great first lesson, a great foundation for scaffolding.