The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
Title: The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
Author: Rebecca Hickox
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.
Recommended by Laura at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story. Known in Arabic as “The Red Fish and the Clog of Gold,” this is the story of Maha, a fisherman’s daughter, and her tribulations with her stepmother and stepsister. Maha finds a small red fish in a basket one day. Releasing it back into the water, she is told that no kindness goes unrewarded. The fish becomes her source of help whenever life becomes too difficult.