The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story


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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 fish promises to help Maha whenever she calls him. On the night Maha is forbidden to attend a grand henna to celebrate the coming wedding of a wealthy merchant's daughter, the fish is true to his word. His magic sets in motion a chain of events that reward Maha with great happiness, and a dainty golden sandal is the key to it all.

Rebecca Hickox's eloquent retelling and Will Hillenbrand's lush pictures offer a beguiling version of a story well-loved by many cultures the world over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823415137
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 224,573
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Rebecca Hickox is the author of Zorro and Quwi; Tales of a Trickster Guinea Pig, illustrated by Kim Howard, which Kirkus Reviews calls "delightful," in a pointer review, Per and the Dala Horse, illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists selection, and Matreshka, illustrated by Alexi Natchev, which Booklist praises as "cleverly told." A high school librarian, Rebecca Hickox lives in Salem, Oregon, with her daughter, Rebecca.

Will Hillenbrand has written and illustrated many picture books for children. The Horn Book called Spring Is Here, the first Bear and Mole Story, "a sure-fire read-aloud for preschoolers;" and in a starred review, School Library Journal raved that Kite Day, the second book in the series, is "a winner for storytimes." He lives in Ohio.

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The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ydraughon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Hickox tells a different twist to the Cinderella story. Maha's father is widowed and she wants him to marry and be happy. Not long after he marries he dies and her step mother turns her into a slave by having her do all the chores. One day Maha meets a magical fish. The Cinderella story continues with and Iraqui twist. I love the end and so did my students. Grades K - 3.
crochetbunnii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I like that the well-known Cinderella tale is still recognizable to children, but key middle eastern influences are present, the wedding ceremonies, mothers making wedding arrangements, being married to a rich merchant's son instead of a prince.Curricular Connections:I would use this story in a story time about Cinderella around the world.
lhamed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic retelling of Cinderella, but from the Middle Eastern country of Iraq. It has the same theme but instead of the glass slipper she has a golden sandal.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Iraqi Cinderella tale will be familiar to American children, yet sufficiently different to keep their interest. It is a multi-cultural fable that introduces a slice of middle-eastern culture. Instead of wishing for an invitation to a prince's ball, Maha longs to attend a bride's henna. When the magic red fish supplies her with the accoutrements necessary to attend, she washes herself in the river before donning her new garments, obviously a ritual of preparation for an important event. In another cultural twist, it is the mother that searches out Maha, as she is the arranger of the family's marriages. The illustrations by Will Hillenbrand are done in a complex process using vellum, bristol board, oils, oil pastel, egg tempera, watercolor, artist crayons and woodless pencils. The detailed "Illustrator's Note" on the last page explains the process. The result is illustrations in muted tones that suggest an age-old fairy tale, but are sufficiently colorful to suggest majesty and exoticness. Many of the illustrations are two page spreads. The hennaed bride at the merchant's house meeting a noble, yet simply dressed Maha underscores the cultural difference between The Golden Sandal and Cinderella. The illustrations follow the story line and offer additional bits of information. It is through the illustrations that we learn of the stepsister's clumsiness and see evidence of her mean-spiritedness. There is welcome humor and revenge in the story and illustrations as well, as the stepmother's revengeful plan backfires, and the stepdaughter is left with a bald head full of blisters - humorously illustrated by Hillenbrand.This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to Middle-Eastern culture in a way that is at once familiar and exotic.Connections:This Iraqi fairy tale is a wonderful way to gently remind children that there is more in Iraq than war. There are children - children whose parents read them bedtime stories, much the same type of stories as we read here in the United States. For older children, a great companion read would be The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter.
kzrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the Middle Eastern version of the traditional Cinderella story. The same lesson is taught, which is to be nice to others or it will come back to haunt you. In this version it isn¿t a glass slipper instead it's a golden sandal, and they go onto tell how many children they later have together. Also there is a talking fish rather than a fairy godmother, but overall it follows the same story line.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a Cinderella story from Iran with many of the traditional elements, but incorporating a talking fish (much like the Chinese version). The mother of the groom (who's from a wealthy family, but not a prince), is the one who goes looking for the bride in this gender segregated culture. I didn't like the illustrations in this one- I wasn't into the style, and the pictures looked more European than Middle Eastern.
VaterOlsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations by Will Hillenbrand.