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In this jewel-like version of a classic story, popular folklorist Shirley Climo tells the tale of Settareh, the Persian Cinderella. Magic enables Settareh to outsmart two jealous stepsisters and win the heart of a prince. But where most Cinderella stories end, poor Sattareh's troubles are only beginning! The unexpected plot twists will enchant readers as they rediscover th...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 7th 1999 by HarperCollins (first published 1999)
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 05, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who want to read an alternate version of the “Cinderella” tale
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
I recently read this author’s “Cinderella” books from Egypt and Korea, and I read them because they’re illustrated by Ruth Heller. But I read (I think thanks to Goodreads’ friend Chandra) that the illustrations in this version are even better so I decided to give this book a try. Even though I haven’t been in a fairy tale mood I did enjoy the other two books, and enjoyed the variations on the Cinderella story and the notes in the back that show its presence in various cultures.

The illustrations...more
Jezreel
The book is about a Persian Cinderella who also lives with evils stepsisters and an evil stepmother. The Persian princess is named Settareh and her name means star because she has a scar on her cheek that looks like a star. Settareh is invited to go to the Princes ball and her father comes and gives her some money to buy some new clothes. Settareh gets easily distracted and spends all her money and does not buy any new clothes. However Settareh did buy this blue jug and somehow it is magical and...more
Lluvia
Author: Shirley Climo
Reading Level: 5th Grade

Settareh is a young woman who lives with her stepmother, 2 stepsisters, her father, three aunts and four female cousins. Settareh is ignored by everyone and is not given much to eat and has little clothes to wear. Her stepsisters envy her beauty, and make fun of the star she has in her cheek. Settareh is given money to buy clothes. She spends it on food, a blue jar and gives some away to an old woman. This blue jar is magical, it grants wishes. Settar...more
Jacoba
The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo (2011)
Genre: Traditional literature
Format: Book
Plot summary: A retelling of the traditional Persian tale in which Settareh, neglected and abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, finds her life transformed with the help of a little blue jug.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Review citation (if available):
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Sayeh
OMG!! I can't believe I found this book!
Okay, so I am Persian and I read this book at a fairytale summer camp and the teacher said she was gonna red it to us an I was like "oh I'm Persian! I'm Persian" and she had me say all the names like Setarre (this was the "Cinderella" and her name means Star). I remember how after we read it, all the other kids had me translate stuff like how do u say hi (an the answer to that answer is Salam by the way)
*sigh* good days good days!
Paula
I liked the way this version used a blue jug to help Settareh get her prince. Her stepsisters thought that the blue jug she bought was bad luck. It turned out that the jug granted whatever wish she wanted and ultimately led her to her prince. I would definitely use this book in a pre-k to 5 grade class.
CH13_Meghan Schultz
The Persian Cinderella tells the story of a lonely but beautiful maiden, Settareh. Settareh's mother passed away at her birth and Settareh now lives an almost neglected life with her stepmother, stepsisters, aunts, and cousins. Because of her beauty, Settareh is made an outcast amongst her family until one day while at the town bazzar she buys a little blue jug. This jug brings Settareh anything she wishes for, even a diamond-studded anklet. One evening when out in the town Settareh's anklet fal...more
(NS) Sue
Settareh's father gives her and her stepsisters and stepmother each a gold coin to buy cloth to make dresses for the Prince's New Year's parties at the Royal Palace. Instead of getting fabric,Settareh gives most of her money to a beggar and spends her last coins on a cracked jug. She discovers the pot is inhabited by a pari that is able to grant her wishes. The pari, of course, dresses her in the finest gown and she has a wonderful time at the palace, making eye contact with the prince one time....more
Andrea
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Handan
Hey look, another Cinderella tale! NO WAY.

Okay, now that the sarcasm is out of the way. Shirley Climo seems to have made a study of Cinderella tales (she also authored one of my childhood favorites, The Egyptian Cinderella. The artwork by Mr. Florczak is delightful, you can really tell he did his homework and also had great models for the characters.

First off: Our heroine doesn't lose a shoe. She, Settareh, loses a diamond anklet. Also, her name comes from a birthmark in the shape of a star on...more
Savanna
Summary: This book is about a girl named Star. Star has a star-shaped birth mark on her cheek. He mother died after childbirth and Star now lives in the Women's quarters with her numerous aunts, female-cousins, stepmother, and two stepsisters. Star is largely ignored by everyone and gets only hand-me-downs and leftovers. One year Stars father gives her some money to buy some clothes for a New Years Party at the Palace; Star spends her money instead on some food to eat, an old beggar woman, and a...more
Heather Mcgrath
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The Persian Cinderella, is a wonderful book. It is a story about a girl in Persia who does have a father, however, she lives on the female side of the house with many relatives. This is something they do in the middle east. Her name is Settareh, which means star because she has a star birthmark on her face. She is given money to get ready for a party with the prince; however, Settareh doesn’t buy fabric to look pretty like everyone else does. She buy’s food for someone who is hungary an...more
Jacqueline Campos
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Nicole Gonzalez
A young maiden by the name of Settareh purchases an enchanted little blue jug that grants her an unlimited amount of wishes. One of Settareh wishes leads her into an engagement with the prince of the land, but soon her faith is ruined when the little blue jug falls into the hands of her two evil stepsisters. Robert Florczak brings in the essence of Persia and Iran with his beautiful drawings of the setting and the characters in the story.

This book reminds me a lot like the Cinderella movie that...more
Milagros Vazquez
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This story is about a young maiden name Settareh, which means Star in Persian, who lost her mother when she was born. Settareh lived with her stepmother, two stepsisters, and many close female relatives in the women part of the house. Her father worked in the man’s world meaning he barely came to see them.
No one paid attention to Settareh, in fact they could care less that they would give her scrap of food. Her stepsisters made fun of her, because she had a birthmark on her right check...more
Dolly
Sep 29, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We recently read The Korean Cinderella and The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo and Ruth Heller and after reading some of the reviews, I realized there was a third version of the tale by this author. This version was illustrated by Robert Florczak, so it had a slightly different feel to it.

This was an entertaining version of the classic tale. The narrative is interesting and incorporates Persian culture in the fifteenth century. The illustrations are colorful and detailed and complement the...more
Julie Tompkins
This story is a Cinderella story from Persia, which is where present day Iran is located. The basic elements of a Cinderella story are present as the heroine, Settareh, is treated poorly by her stepmother and stepsisters. She buys a jug with a pari, or fairy inside who provides her with clothes and diamond-studded anklets to wear to the prince’s palace. The prince is enchanted with Settareh and when she leaves her finds her anklet and Settareh is the only women who can wear it. She then marries...more
Jennifer
Climo does a nice job of incorporating cultural details into a traditional story. Climo tells a story about Settareh who loses her mom and is forced to live with her step-family. Her family is treats her harshly and rejects her from attending the New Year celebration. She finds a small jug, makes a wish, and her wish was granted.
Although it parallels our traditional Cinderella, it is quite different and incorporates many new details that are specific to the Persian Culture.
It's amazing to me t...more
Jean-Marie
This was a pretty ho-hum fairy tale until the hair pins. Oh those nasty stepsisters will stop at nothing to get their way. The photography-like illustrations are detailed and very interesting. The illustrator Robert Florczak worked directly with the Persian community in Los Angeles to create the pictures. The costumes, architecture, props, designs, color schemes, landscapes, flora and fauna are based on the authentic ones of ancient Persia.
Dominique
I had not read this version of Cinderella previously but i wish i would have. The book has awesome illustrations and captivating text. It is a wonderful book to teach culture and that stories can be different in different parts of the world.
I would use this in the classroom to do a multicultural unit on Cinderella.Students will identify elements and origins of fairy tales and compare.
Rachel
This retailing of the Cinderella story was very interesting how it was told in a different culture then normal. Star was a very loving, kind girl but all her step sisters and aunts made fun of her. I liked the star mark she had on her face. I also like how she spends her money on helping others and found a magical jug instead of getting her new cloths. These decisions lead her down a path of fortune. She gets to go the ball meet the prince and he finds her by the diamond bangle she left behind....more
Ashley Cousin
What an interesting book! I haven't read many culturally diverse Cinderella stories so I was definitely intrigued the whole time. The thing that stuck out most to me was the illustrations. They are very unique and the humans looked incredibly life like. The colors are bright and vibrant and each text and picture is bordered with either plain borders are intricate detailed borders. The borders were the same type of patterns that were on some of the rugs throughout the book. Another thing that sto...more
Edward Creter
This retelling of the Cinderella story is actually taken from the Arabian Nights fables and involves a Persian girl who dreams of celebrating the Persian New Year...if only the cute blue bottle with the fairy inside will grant her her wish. This tale is full of wondrous enchantment...after all, it's the Arabian Nights! Duuuhhh!
Ashley Whiteley
You can definitely tell that this book was influenced by a different culture. It is not the typical Cinderella story and that makes it all the more interesting. There is not anything that I would change about the book. The pictures were very princess like and really set the mood for the story. It is creative and fun to read.
Hannah
Gorgeous illustrations give a fresh atmosphere to the classic fairy tale, proving that Cinderella is one of those great stories that translate easily to any place and any time period. This book is a good reminder that fairy tales are true and people are the same all over the world.
Elfdart
this was a great story! and according to the back of the book, is the story ‘the anklet’ from the arabian nights. i thought it was very well told. i didn’t really like the pictures though. they kind of look like figures posing instead of characters in the story, and there are noticable outlines around the people so as to make you think they’re cut outs, or are not a part of the scenery they’re presented in. the over posy-ness and the not fitting into the background kind of reminds me of cheesy...more
Robin Gassen
This story has its own great spin of the classic Cinderella story. It doesn't just end when the prince finds the girl. This is a great version for older to children so that they can understand cultures other than their own.
Annette
It is interesting how cultural elements are woven through the story, distinguishing this version from others. Settareh lives in the "women's quarters". When she unexpectedly encounters the prince, Mehrdad, she covers her face and runs away. At No Ruz, the new year's celebration, the women sit on cushions and feast and are entertained separate from the men. The queen searches for Settareh, not the prince, since he is unable to visit women. Settareh and Mehrdad first see each other reflected in a...more
April Poulter
This was a really neat book! There are some elements of Cinderella to it, but it is very original. The Persian perspective along with the different plot make it a refreshing and intriguing read. I really liked how the story did not end with "happily ever after" once Setterah and the prince were united; the continuation of the story was exciting and fun.
While the artwork is not absolutely incredible, it is fun to see the Persian theme.
Ci546_manuelanavarro
I thought this was a very good story. It reminded me of Aladdin; the three wishes and the magic in the blue jug. I enjoyed seeing the differences in this book to the Cinderella story I know. I thought the differences outlined the importance of the Persian culture. Children who read this story can compare it to the one they are familiar with and try to understand the Persian culture through those differences; for example the fact that the queen is the one who looks for Settareh because a man coul...more
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