Book Review: Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Kiran Satti

This is an eclectic mix of fairy tale and folklore. The reader, or explorer of a new world, follows Rhodopis on her journey. It is a story woven with golden threads of hopeful words from characters who hold wisdom, courage and kindness – traits which enhance Rhodopis’ beauty. Her kind actions radiate a pure and unrivalled beauty that ultimately gives her the happy ending she truly deserves.

The storyteller Aesop is a very important character in the story. His tales armour Rhodopis with strength and courage to continue to be kind; have courage and be kind – immortalised words found in the well-known Cinderella fairy-tale version.

Cinderella of the Nile is a beautiful rich tapestry that illustrates the power and permanence of storytelling. The illustrations are rapturous and authentic – they exemplify the heritage of which this story comes from but also the energy it holds to transpire and be transformed into another version, another tale, another lived experience that preserves the themes of courage and kindness.

Cinderella of the Nile is a story that crosses ages – children from each Key Stage would enjoy and become entranced by this this timeless tale.


Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo was published by Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd on 14 May 2018.

Kiran Satti is a primary school practitioner, leading English. She is passionate about the value of English and Reading and how they can empower learners. She is also a member of the Teachers as Readers Open University groups #OURfP, developing engaged, reading communities fostered through research and sharing practice. Kiran is also a Regional Leader for Womened, an organisation that promotes women’s rights and equal rights within the educational sector.