The Korean Cinderella is one the books illustrated by Ruth Heller. Of the four books in this series, this one definitely has my favorite illustrations. Bold, vivid, intricate! They really are exquisite. The Cinderella in this book is named Pear Blossom. She is loses her shoe in the river where it is found by the Magistrate (who is our prince in this tale.) Ironically, this time around it is the wicked stepmother and sister who tell the magistrate exactly where to find the shoe's owner.
The Egyptian Cinderella is actually the story of a slave girl (Rhodopis) that was stolen away from her home in Greece. She isn't treated badly by a step family, but instead by the Egyptian servant girls. (This is the other book illustrated by Ruth Heller. I love the contrast between how Rhodopis is drawn all wispy and flowy and the Egyptians are drawn thick and solid, almost reminiscent of hieroglyphics.)
Rhodopis loves to dance and is given a special pair of red dancing slippers from her master. Interestingly, she doesn't even attend the Pharaoh's court, her story's version of the ball. However, one of her slippers does. It's taken from her by a falcon and dropped in the Pharaoh's lap.
Okay, there's a sneak peek at Shirley Climo's Cinderellas for you. I'll be sharing more international Cinderellas in another post this week (click here to see them). They'll be from all different authors and illustrators, but equally as unique and varied as today's group-- and I don't think there's a ball in any of the next ones either, hmmm, interesting.