The Egyptian Cinderella

10 best books like The Egyptian Cinderella (Shirley Climo): Cinderella, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, The Rough-Face Girl, Sootface, Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella, Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia, The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story, Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale

AuthorKinuko Y. Craft
This brilliant edition of a timeless story is sure to become the favorite of a generation. Readers young and old will be enchanted by the vision and mastery of Kinuko Y. Craft's luminous paintings, inspired by the lavish artwork of late seventeenth-century France and embellished with extraordinary...
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
AuthorJohn Steptoe
A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro,...
The Rough-Face Girl
AuthorRafe Martin
This moving adaptation of the classic children's story Cinderella tells how a disfigured Algonquin girl wins the heart of a mysterious being who lives by the lake near her village.

The powerful Invisible Being is looking for a wife, and all the girls in the village vie for his affections. But...
AuthorRobert D. San Souci
Once, an Ojibwa man whose wife had died raised three daughters alone. The two older girls were lazy and bad-tempered, and made their youngest sister do all the work. When the flames from the cooking fire singed her hair or burned her skin, they laughed and called her Sootface.

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
AuthorEllen Levine
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream...
Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella
AuthorSusan Lowell
Once upon a time, there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two stepsisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice! But when a fast-talkin' fairy godmother teaches Cindy Ellen a little lesson about gumption, Cindy lassos...
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
AuthorJeanette Winter
Renowned picture book creator Jeanette Winter tells the story of a young girl in Afghanistan who attends a secret school for girls.

Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared.

In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret...
AuthorD. Anne Love
I feel very divided in reviewing this book, and torn between giving it three and four stars.

Things I like: This kid-friendly version of the story of Hypatia, a girl born Alexandria in the fourth century CE in a time when girls are not supposed to study philosophy or mathematics or science. But,...
AuthorRebecca Hickox Ayres
Poor Maha! Her jealous stepmother makes her do all the housework while her selfish stepsister lazes about.

Since Maha's father is away fishing most of the time, there is no one to help or comfort her. All that begins to change when Maha finds a magical red fish. In return for sparing his life, the...
AuthorRobert D. San Souci
Blessed Mary rewards Teresa's good deeds with a shining gold star. Later she punishes Teresa's unkind stepsisters, Isabel and Inez, with hideous horns and donkey's ears that they try to hide under heavy veils! But will Teresa outshine her stepsisters at the festival? Robert D. San Souci retells this...
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
AuthorRobert D. San Souci
A Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team brings us a Caribbean Cinderella story, told from the perspective of the magical godmother.

You may think you already know this story about a beautiful servant girl, a cruel stepmother, a magnificent ball, and a lost slipper. But you’ve never...
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki Brandenberg describes and illustrates the techniques and reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptians believed that when someone died they would live in their tombs on earth but travel to live with gods and goddesses in another world.

Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella
AuthorTony Johnston
I thought that this story was a very cute, fractured, retelling of Cinderella. Just the fact of this story featuring sasquatches was hilarious to me. I thought that it was cute that the prince had a challenge for all of the female sasquatches (to knock the prince into the water from off of a rolling log)...
Prince Cinders
AuthorBabette Cole
In this delightful retelling of the classic fairy tale, Prince Cinders sets out on an adventure, aided by his very own fairy godmother.

Great for ages 4 and up.

"Take a classic story, substitute a few ingredients, season freely with silliness and imagination, dress it all up in jaunty...
AuthorAnthony Manna
Once upon a time in Greece, fate left a young girl an orphan. Her stepmother was so hateful that she counted every drop of water the orphan drank! But with the help of Nature's blessings, the orphan was showered with gifts: brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn—and...
AuthorJames Rumford
To a child, the future is a magnificent dream. For Jean-Francois Champollion, the dream was to sail up the Nile in Egypt and uncover the secrets of the past. In 1802, when Champollion was eleven years old, he vowed to be the first person to read Egypt's ancient hieroglyphs. He faced great challenges over...
AuthorKathryn Lasky
A perfect introduction to mathematical concepts for young readers, written by a Newbery honor-winning author!

This colorfully illustrated biography of the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe's circumference,...
AuthorJen Bryant
An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to...
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story
AuthorTomie dePaola
Hace mucho tiempo?a long time ago?there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kind-hearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but...
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella
AuthorPaul Fleischman
Once upon a time, in Mexico . . . in Ireland . . . in Zimbabwe . . . there lived a girl who worked all day in the rice fields . . . then spent the night by the hearth, sleeping among the cinders.

Her name is Ashpet, Sootface, Cendrillon . . . Cinderella. Her story has been passed down the centuries and across...
Cinderella Skeleton
AuthorRobert D. San Souci
This ghoulish gal will steal your heart--just like she stole Prince Charnel's!
Poor Cinderella Skeleton! Her evil stepsisters treat her with scorn and work her from dawn till dusk. But when Prince Charnel hosts his famous Halloween Ball, Cindy finally gets her chance to shine. With the help of...
Cinderella Penguin, or, The Little Glass Flipper
AuthorJanet Perlman
All cultures share the traditional story of Cinderella--even penguin culture!

Poor Cinderella Penguin is bossed and bullied by her evil penguin stepsisters as they get dolled up for the Penguin Prince's ball. After they have gone, a penguin tear rolls down Cinderella's cheek. "Suddenly,...
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
AuthorAi-Ling Louie
I have read many different interpretations of the classic “Cinderella” story. But imagine my delight when I find out that there was a “Cinderella” story that comes from China called “Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China,” which was retold by Ai-Ling Louie along with illustrations...
AuthorMary Jane Auch
Chickerella is a fractured tale of Cinderella. The main characters are the step mom, evil step sisters and of course the chicken. It starts off by Chickerella's father getting remarried to a hen from a different farm. The father goes away and the chick is stuck with the step mom and evil step sisters. She...
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper
AuthorMarcia Brown
While I quite enjoyed the narrative of Marcia Brown's adaptation, I did not absolutely love it. I guess I am someone who has always as a rule liked the Grimms' version of the Cinderella tale rather more than Perrault's rendition (I might not like the violence at the end of the Brothers Grimm's Cinderella...
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother
AuthorTrisha Speed Shaskan
Think Cinderella was the sweetest belle of the ball? Think again! In this fun, quirky picture book, discover another perspective of this popular fairy tale. Along with bright, bold illustrations, the bestselling OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY series gives young children a fresh perspective on familiar...
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