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Cinderella of the Nile

Cinderella of the Nile

Published: 5 Sep 2019

Paperback / softback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 7+

By Beverley Naidoo and Marjan Vafaeian

Published by Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd

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 Beautifully retold by the award-winning author Beverley Naidoo, this earliest-known version of Cinderella is brought to life for the modern-day reader. Rhodopis is a Greek girl who is sold into slavery by bandits and taken to Egypt. Along the way she becomes friends with the storyteller Aesop and a host of playful animals.

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Reviewed by Kiran Satti

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.


Kiran is a Primary Teacher and English Leader, with a Masters in Teaching Studies. She has been teaching for 10 years and is passionate about how English and Reading can empower learners. Kiran runs the @WomenedBookclub. She enjoys reviewing books for Just Imagine as well as contributing to content to some of their projects. Kiran shares her practice, some enabled through OU/UKLA/RfP initiatives/ events as well as speaking at local and national events about empowering fiction for young girls, diversity and the importance of kindness.