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The Persian Cinderella Paperback – August 7, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
"Climo's adaptation of this Arabian Nights myth offers a capricious twist on the Cinderella story," wrote PW. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-After giving most of her money to a beggar, young Settareh spends her last coins on a cracked jug instead of purchasing fabric for a new dress to wear to the prince's celebrations. Resigned to remaining home, she discovers that the pot is inhabited by a pari that is able to grant her every wish. She attends the festival, catches the eye of the prince, leaves behind a diamond ankle bracelet, and is found by the queen. Settareh unwisely reveals the secret of the jug to her stepsisters, who steal it and instruct it to get rid of the young woman. The jug self-destructs, leaving behind six jeweled hairpins that, once placed in Settareh's hair, turn her into a turtledove. When the grieving prince befriends the bird, he finds the pins and pulls them out, thus restoring his beloved. The story is well told, although the drama, and hence the pace, is somewhat subdued. The narrative reads smoothly and majestically and Climo explains her choices in a source note. Florczak's sumptuous illustrations have jewel-like tones that glow against the brownline-paper background, and traditional designs decorate the text. The illustrations are realistic and appealing, although in one scene, Settareh is wearing a blue veil with her face exposed when the text specifies that she and the other women draped themselves in black to conceal their faces. Despite this minor flaw, this is a suitable complement to Climo's other "Cinderella" stories.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
With the pari's help, Settareh is able to dress magnificently for the No Ruz festivities at the palace and catches the eye of the Prince himself. Will Settareh and the prince find happiness or will the conniving and jealous stepsisters find a way to rob Settareh of happiness?
The story is compelling and interesting - in fact, this is such a well-written story that it will not only appeal to young children but older children and adults as well. The author provides fascinating insights into the Persian culture of old, e.g. the separate living quarters for men and women, the celebration of the No Ruz festival, and also the elaborate costumes worn by the people, especially during important celebrations. This is a wonderful addition to the Cinderella lore.