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Rimonah was born with skin as dark as a pomegranate's peel and a voice as sweet as a pomegranate's juice, and she was the fairest in all the land. She never knew a moment's sorrow until the day her mother, the queen, died.

Soon after, a cunning sorceress tricked the king into marrying her, and then, seething with jealousy, she plotted to kill Rimonah. But as Rimonah grew t
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Holiday House
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Kara
Jul 17, 2013 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ft-snow-white

Kimmel takes the story of Snow White and places it in an Arabian Nights setting.

It’s a good book, and a great rough draft for a truly new telling of the Snow White tale – but it’s not quite what I would call a final draft.

The text takes a standard copy of the Grimm fairy tale and changes a few key nouns, but other than that doesn’t have any real feel of a whole new retelling. A more Scheherazade type style would have worked better.

Meanwhile, the illustrations aren’t a style I would have gone wi
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Meltha
That was quite a different take on Snow White. It seems almost every culture has some version of Cinderella, but Snow White isn't as common internationally. Kimmel's author's note states that he based this not only on an old Jewish story but on some other aspects of North African and Middle Eastern stories, which means we don't get seven dwarfs but Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (of which Rimonah is number forty-one), and the step-mother bears a strong resemblance to Nefertiti. Rimonah survives a scor ...more
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Mar 08, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this version of Snow White. I like that Rimonah is strong and brave, not just a damsel in distress.
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Nov 11, 2012 Trace rated it liked it
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This is apparently an ancient African Tale, handed down over the generations. We were amazed at the similarities it shared with several fairy tales that might be more known to us: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Arabian Nights; and even Goldilocks and the Three Bears made an appearance...

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Althea
Aug 15, 2015 Althea rated it it was amazing
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One of my favorite fairy tales! A mixture between Snow White and The Arabian Nights, it was an interesting read. I was surprised that the main character was a heroine. Anyways, I loved this story.
Michael Fitzgerald
I was pleasantly surprised that this melding of Snow White and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves was so satisfying.
Kami
Apr 08, 2009 Kami rated it it was amazing
The Arabic version of Snow White. Love it.
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Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn’t want to go there. He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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