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Cinderella of the Nile

Authored by Beverley Naidoo
Illustrated by Marjan Vafaeian
Published by Tiny Owl

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Cinderella of the Nile 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 significant 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.

This book 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 across the primary age range will enjoy and become entranced by this timeless tale.

You may be interested in Sophie Andersen’s fairy tale story starter, Why I Love Fairy Tales to introduce writing inspired by this story.


Nominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal