- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (Feb. 28 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064432793
- ISBN-13: 978-0064432795
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.2 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Egyptian Cinderella Paperback – Feb 28 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
In mellifluous prose and majestic illustrations, these collaborators present an inventive twist on the classic tale. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.
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The heroine's name, Rhodopis, referenced her sunburned skin. A real person may have inspired the fable, a light-skinned slave who married a Pharaoh.
The other girls were not step-sisters as the reviewer states, but servants. Rhodopis was a mere slave, making their unkind treatment of her more logical. Due to their rank in the Ancient Egyptian class system, she would be expected to do the less-desirable chores. For a lowly slave to be favored by their master would spawn jealousy and resentment. I don't recall any inference that their demeanor related to their skin color, and the reviewer overlooks the kindly Master and Pharaoh also being dark-skinned.
Such hotly-debated subjects a the race of Egyptians or of Cleopatra have no bearing on the story. Rhodopis is a Greek slave girl, and is neither described as Egyptian, nor called Cleopatra.
A good story with interesting historical references, it's a shame to see it dismissed as racist by a reviewer who clearly has overlooked many details of the book.
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