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The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
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Oct 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books, traditional

** spoiler alert ** The Persian Cinderella is a traditional Cinderella story wound into the Persian culture. Settareh's mother dies when she is young, and she is forced to grow up in a palace, without much contact from her father. Her aunts and cousins don't care for her, and always make fun of her. When Settareh is given money to buy material to make a dress to attend No Ruz (New Year), she spends her money on a pot, which turns out to have a pari inside which grants her wishes. Settareh goes to No Ruz and drops one of her ankle bracelets. The prince finally finds Settareh and they are to be married. Her cousins turn her into a dove using her pari, but her prince turns her back, and they marry.

This fairy tale book demonstrates many of the typically found aspects of traditional literature. The hero is identified early on as Settareh, and her goal is to find happiness after her mother dies. The rivals in the story are her cousins and aunts, who try to prevent her from happiness. The helpers appear in the forms of a pari, which grants her any wish she desires.

In addition to the typical roles, there were several instances of contrast present in the story. The hero versus villain is the most prevalent, with Settareh being kind, and beautiful, and her cousins being mean and ugly.

I read this book after reading The Korean Cinderella, which is also by Shirley Climo. She does a very nice job of integrating culture and customs into these interesting stories!

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Ginta Harrigan This sounds like an interesting book. I like that the Cinderella story is told from a different cultural aspect. Cinderella is such a great fairy tale that lends itself to being retold from different cultural perspectives. "The Persian Cinderella" seems like a good book to share with primary students.

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