The red slippers an ancient egyptian cinderella story retold by lin donn creation stories. The egyptian cinderella laurens world literature for. The story of this woman, whose bones incomprehensibly ended up in the pyramid, is a faithful reproduction of the story of cinderella. The story of rhodopis, a greek slave girl in ancient egypt, is an interesting variant of the traditional cinderella legend. An egyptian tale rhodopis, an egyptian tale, is popularly labeled the earliest or first cinderella story. In the original story he drops the slipper but does not drop the nuts or deliver the invitation. Debbie haren sherry climo the princess and the golden shoes egyptian cinderella father remarried and new queen was mean towards the princess rhodopis is the girls. The origins of the fairytale figure may be traced back to the 6thcentury bc hetaera rhodopis. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo, ruth heller. Buy egyptian cinderella by shirley climo from waterstones today. Sep 15, 1989 the egyptian cinderella is written by shirley climo and illustrated by ruth heller. Rhodopis the first cinderella history of royal women.
The egyptian cinderella is written by shirley climo and illustrated by ruth heller. The story of rhodopis which is the real cinderella. Miss sofies story time kids books read aloud 346,967 views. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo kids book club. However this exotic setting is not an arbitrary decision on the authors part. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo and by the grimm brothers exposition cinderella grimm brothers version exposition cinderella was at her mothers bed side dear child, be pious, and then the good god will always protect thee rhodopis captured by pirates. Egyptian cinderella guided reading resources for ks2. Jan 20, 2015 the egyptian cinderella read aloud shirley climo vi le. The egyptian cinderella is a wonderful story to read to a young child or outloud to a classroom. The story is recognizable as a cinderella story but has some twists and turns that made it different due to a different culture. The egyptian cinderella story debunked ancient history. In this version of the cinderella story set in egypt in the sixth century b. A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations that makes a winner for story hours, as well as a useful resource for the study of cinderella through the ages.
I think this is a great story to comparecontrast different cinderella stories but without doing more research on egyptian culture i am not sure it would be good to use as. Rhodopis, a greek slave in ancient egypt, is given a pair of rosered slippers by her kindly old master. The egyptian cinderella book and any of the other ones like this are a great source to have at hand. I enjoyed reading the authors note at the end and finding out that there really was a greek slave girl named, rhodopis, who married the pharaoh amasis, back in 570 b. According to herodotus, rhodopis was a historical person, namely a thracian freedwoman of the 6th century b. Despite the change in setting and the famous glass slippers being substituted by leather ones with toes of rosered gold, your class will be familiar with this exotic version of cinderella. I also thought it would be fun to make horus in awe of rhodopis since he is the falconheaded god of the sky and everyone is usually in awe of him. As a tale of cinderella, it can also fit into a fairy tale unit. The egyptian cinderella does a superb job of introducing young and old readers alike to one of the first cinderella tales. Egyptian cinderella guided reading resources for ks2 year. The egyptian cinderella this ancient egyptian version of cinderella is considered the oldest version of the story, recorded by the roman historian strabo in the first century bc. Little does she know that the falcon will deliver her slipper to the great pharaoh himself, who will search egypt to find its owner. The tale was first recorded by the greek historian strabo in the first century bcad and is generally considered to be loosely based upon a real person written about by. Rhodopis works with three other egyptian girls, but they are servants.
But when the gods see her kindness and gentleness in the face of adversity, a very different fate for her is soon set in motion. The egyptian cinderella ancient egypt book, teaching. Editions of the egyptian cinderella by shirley climo. It is a book that has outstanding illustrations in bold and rich colors. Learn to draw ariel, cinderella, belle, rapunzel, and all of your. The servant girls were not nice to her and bossed her around. Egyptian cinderella ancient egypt for kids, life in ancient. As more and more people come to rely on digital information, fewer tend to check primary sources in books. Learn to speak and understand egyptian arabic with pimsleur language programs learn to draw disneys enchanted princesses. Mar 31, 2017 the pharaoh of the story was one of the ptolemies. We also compared the egyptian version of cinderella with the wellknown western version, originally written by charles perrault in 1697 and animated by walt disney in 1950. The fact that rhodopis was a slave who was made into a queen of egypt is also a great classroom connection.
A retelling of an ancient egyptian version of cinderella features rhodopis, who is devastated when a falcon swoops down and steals one of her precious red slippers until the pharaoh uses it as a clue to find his bride. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo scholastic. The egyptian cinderella read aloud shirley climo youtube. The egyptian cinderella is a really great way of introducing children to the ancient egyptian culture. The story was first recorded by the greek historian strabo in the late first century bc or early first century ad and is considered the earliest known variant of the cinderella story. A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations school library journal. Only the beautiful rosered slippers her master gives her can make rhodopis smile. The story is arguable the oldest version of cinderella, dating back to ancient egypt and was a perfect story to use for a mixed year 3 and 4 class. Rhodopis was born in greece, but had been kidnapped by pirates and sold into egyptian slavery. The red slippers, an ancient egyptian cinderella story. Little does rhodopis know, but the falcon who has snatched one of her rosyred slippers will. It would be a great way to introduce egyptian history to an elementry class or a unit on fairy tales. Compare and contrast different versions of cinderella by. The egyptian cinderella pimsleur arabic egyptian basic course level 1 lessons 110 cd.
Prekk, 12 o rhodopis, a greek slave in ancient egypt, is given a pair of rosered slippers by her kindly old master. This egyptian spin on the classic cinderella tale was initially recorded in the first century by a roman historian and is retold here by folklorist shirley climo. When a falcon swoops down and soars away with one of them, she is heartbroken. Similar to the original, there was a greek slave girl named rhodopis who married the pharaoh amasis. In this story, rhodopis, meaning rosycheeked in greek, is taken from her home and bought as a slave in egypt. The egyptian cinderella shirley climo ks2 story books. This is a story about an egyptian slave named rhodopis. Ancient egyptian sandals made from vegetable fiber.
I do egyptian profiles with my second graders every year they. Rhodopis, unlike most greek maidens, is very blond and pink, and the three egyptian servant. She has nothing no mother or father, and no friends. School library journal notable 1989 childrens trade books in social studies ncsscbc. They will be using key vocabulary relating to the story and will be demonstrating their understanding. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo librarything. Nov 12, 1989 the most disturbing features of this trite tale are the racist connotations, whether conscious or not. Ruth heller travelled to korea to do the research for this book. Because shes so different, the egyptian servant girls tease her and make her do all the work. This really emphasizes how wonderful rhodopis, the egyptian cinderella, is. Rhodopis, illustration by ruth heller for the egyptian cinderella.
Although she isnt the only person working for the man who kidnapped her, since shes shite, the other girls make her do all the work. She is one of only two hetaerae mentioned by name in herodotus discussion of the profession the other is the somewhat later archidike. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo paperback book. The last of the dynasty was cleopatra, one of the most famous women in history. The following link is a great resource about egyptian. Rhodopis as know n as the ciderella in this story faces many challegenes, but soon is rewarded in the end. This no prep book unit is based on shirley climos the egyptian cinderella and contains 43pages of interactive, cross curricular and engaging activities all standardsaligned. She looks different than the other slaves and servants there because of her hair and rosyred face. I like the egyptian cinderella because it totally matched the story of the princess cinderella. Oct 19, 20 the egyptian cinderella is a really great way of introducing children to the ancient egyptian culture.
What i dont like is that the characters worship the gods and goddesses and it talks about it in the book a little bit. Rhodope, the egyptian origin of the story of cinderella. Three servant girls treat her poorly because she is. The egyptian cinderella a stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations school library journal. The children loved reenacting the story through drama and it was a great opportunity to take some freeze frame photos of individual scenes to create a display that retold.
Long ago in the ancient land of egypt were the green water of the nile river flows into the blue water of the mediterranean sea lived a young maiden named rhodopis. The egyptian cinderella is a 1989 childrens book written by shirley climo and illustrated by ruth heller. Isbn 069004822x plot summary in this ancient tale dating back to the amasis dynasty 570526 b. Shirley climo is the author of many childrens books including the egyptian cinderella and king of the birds, both illustrated by ruth heller, and t. An ancient egyptian cinderella story the red slippers. Jun 03, 2009 a retelling of an ancient egyptian version of cinderella features rhodopis, who is devastated when a falcon swoops down and steals one of her precious red slippers until the pharaoh uses it as a clue to find his bride. In the ancient worlds version of cinderella, the lead character was a beautiful servant girl called rhodopis.
An inventive twist on the classic tale publishers weekly. The egyptian cinderella an egyptian tale one of the worlds oldest cinderella stories recorded by the roman historian strabo in the first century b. Because of her rosy complexion and fair hair, rhodopis is scorned and teased by the egyptian servant girls who work for her kind but disinterested master. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo and illustrated by ruth heller is a great cinderalla story that introduces children to a different culture that is displayed in the book. Mar 23, 2017 the modernday egyptian cinderella story, currently repeated with little variation online, is an example of how repetition becomes history in the digital age. Its a lengthy tale for a childrens book but very well done. The story shares so many great aspects of egyptian culture, including. The reader meets rhodopis, an orphaned slave from greece who lives tortured by the other slave girls for her unique beauty and kind heart, until her master gifts her beautiful slippers that end up in the hands of the. This books is colorful and gives the students a view of how an artist sees the characters in the book. The egyptian cinderella is an alternative version of the popular fairy tale perfect for teaching stories from other cultures when covering ancient egypt within ks2. The egyptian cinderella is a captivating retelling of the classic cinderella tale.
The the children will become familiar with the story of the egyptian. It is an liberally expanded retelling of the ancient greek fairy tale of rhodopis, which is the earliest known version of cinderella hence the title. The egyptian cinderella heritage learning kalispell, mt. The egyptian cinderella retells the classic story with a cultural twist that incorporates traditional egyptian aspects. The egyptian cinderella tells the story of cinderella, but with a girl named rhodopis who was kidnapped from greece and taken to egypt. It told me if i am rude to someone, a problem will come to me, so it represents the bible. She has nothingno mother or father, and no friends. Climo has woven this ancient tale, a mixture of fact and myth, with clarity. The egyptian cinderella by shirley climo goodreads. Once upon a time, a long time ago in ancient egypt, there lived a lovely slave girl named rhapdosis. The pharaoh picked up the shoe and said, this was no accident.
Just then, a hawk dove from the sky, dropped a golden shoe in the pharaohs lap, and flew off. The modernday egyptian cinderella story, currently repeated with little variation online, is an example of how repetition becomes history in the digital age. Rhodopis the egyptian cinderella adapted from the strabo, historian, 64 bc 24 ad long ago in the land of egypt, land of the green nile and the blue mediterranean and the rising sun, there lived a slave girl named rhodopis. I thought it was a neat take on the story of cinderella. The illustrations are incredibly beautiful and visually appealing. The egyptian cinderella, written by shrley climo, retells the classic cinderella story of an oppressed, humble greek slave girl named rhodopis who loses one of her rose red slippers only to have it returned by royalty seeking to marry whom the slipper fits.1284 763 328 1369 1499 1424 557 726 601 23 317 62 1117 330 35 15 451 275 1400 1467 587 1267 1396 303 720 710 393