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The Persian Cinderella

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  668 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
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
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by HarperCollins (first published 1999)
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While recognizable as a Cinderella retelling, I really liked a lot of the different aspects that are not usually seen in Cinderella stories. The blue jug/pari and the diamond anklet(instead of a glass shoe), etc. Not mentioning the setting, the clothing, and the customs, which led to a nice twist on the traditional "ball". I thought Mehrdad's decision to marry Settareh was a sudden one, but this was off-set by the fact that it always is. Additionally, we get to see that Mehrdad really loves Sett ...more
Mary Catelli
a light retelling of a fairy tale. With some motifs atypical of Cinderella tales. though familiar if you know a lot of fairy tales

Good illustrations.
Lisa Vegan
Jan 05, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2010 Sayeh rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 21, 2012 Jezreel rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2013 Lluvia rated it liked it
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
Miss Clark
3.5 stars

A welcome variant of the classic fairytale, based on a tale in the "Arabian Nights". The fairy godmother is a pari, a fairy. The evil stepsisters try to kill Settareh. It is an anklet instead of a slipper. The Prince could have been a whole lot more pro-active, but at least he proved his love for Settareh. The dad might as well have been non-existent for all the import he has to the story.

Oct 13, 2013 Jacoba rated it really liked it
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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Oct 09, 2015 MaryannP rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This is a Cinderella tale about a maiden named Settareh which meant Star. She lived with her step-mother, two step-sisters, three aunts, and four female cousins after her mother died and rarely saw her dad as he was so busy. She had to wear her step-sisters old clothing and eat their leftovers. She grew more beautiful each and everyday which made her step-sisters very jealous. Her dad gives all his daughters a gold coin to buy clothes one day so they would have something nice to wear to the prin ...more
Plot summary and personal response:
The story follows Settareh, a beautiful young Persian woman, whose mother died when she was an infant and whose father is "busy in the world of men". Her time is spent amongst her stepmother, step-sisters, aunts, and female cousins, who are unkind to her. Settareh is hungry and lonely until she purchases a small cracked jug which, she is surprised to learn contains a pari (a fairy of Persian legend). She wishes for food and warm clothes and a friend (a dove) to
May 04, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
The Persian Cinderella is a Persian version of the classic Cinderella. Traditionallt, Persian books contain magic carpets or geanies, so this one more involves a Magical blue jug and a few magical hair pins. The story is that of a girl named Maiden. To avoid her family from embarrassment she decides not to attend the Prince's celebration because eshe doesn't have enough money to buy an outfit. While staying behind, she realized that her blue jug is magical, so she wishes for a wardrobe. She goes ...more
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.
Brittany Steadman
The Persian Cinderella is a story about lonely Persian girl named Settareh. She lives with her father who is never home, and her jealous stepmother, and stepsisters. She buys a pot which has a Pari, or genie, in it. The genie grants her many wishes, and she eventually, after some issues, gets to marry her prince charming. I definitely like this version of the classic Cinderella story. It was well written, and the illustrations were beautiful. The borders in the illustrations allowed the story to ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Charity rated it liked it
My kids and I enjoyed this one, and I liked that it gave a glimpse into gender divisions in other cultures (the festival is segregated by gender instead of being a coed ball, and the queen goes looking for the owner of the anklet on her son's behalf because "How can a man look for a maiden?"). I do have mixed feelings about the passive protagonist. All things, good and bad, just happen to her. If things work out well for her, it's not because she had any active hand in them but because she sat a ...more
CH13_Meghan Schultz
Feb 07, 2013 CH13_Meghan Schultz rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2009 (NS) Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
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
Oct 20, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
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Sep 30, 2013 Handan rated it really liked it
Shelves: cinderella-panto
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
Mar 18, 2013 Savanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit, fairy-tales, own, 90s
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

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
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
Milagros Vazquez
Sep 25, 2012 Milagros Vazquez rated it really liked it

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
Sep 29, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Tompkins
Jul 25, 2008 Julie Tompkins rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
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.
Jan 17, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This retelling of Cinderella is beautiful not only in the art but also in the way the story is conveyed. Persian culture is a rich and lovely one that was captured beautifully in these pages. From the scenes around the characters, the beautiful costumes and linen, to the beauty the characters posse themselves. This retelling itself really captures a new element of purity and sincerity, while bringing in such magic.
Apr 01, 2014 Dominique rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 10, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
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