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Review of <em> Cinderella of the Nile</em>

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Review of Cinderella of the Nile

Publisher

Tiny Owl Publishing

City

London

Date of Publication

2018

ISBN

9781910328293

Date of Review

2020

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Review

Rather than a European Cinderella tale, Cinderella of the Nile focuses on Rhodopis, a young girl from Greece taken from her home to eventually become a slave of Egypt. Throughout her journey she makes unlikely friends and later becomes the bride of the Pharaoh, much to the dismay of her fellow slaves. The cultural significance inside the story could prove useful to literature teachers looking to present how culture shapes different fairy tales. However, the illustrations could present a problem for children readers. Often the images are scary looking. The animals and people hardly look right in proportion, fitting a more Egyptian style. It alienates readers rather than finding a balance between the Egyptian style they want and the Western style they are presenting it to. Additionally, it is hard to connect with Rhodopis through the plot. She never remains central on a page or feels like a real person. Optional Sarah Trigg, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University.

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