The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony Manna

Once upon a time in Greece, fate left a young girl an orphan. Her stepmother was so hateful that she counted every drop of water the orphan drank! But with the help of Nature’s blessings, the orphan was showered with gifts: brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn—and even a…

51kWBv5fAfL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Once upon a time in Greece, fate left a young girl an orphan. Her stepmother was so hateful that she counted every drop of water the orphan drank! But with the help of Nature’s blessings, the orphan was showered with gifts: brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn—and even a tiny pair of blue shoes from the Sea. When the prince comes to visit their village, he only has eyes for the mysterious beauty. Children will love this fanciful folk retelling of the Cinderella story, accompanied by luminous watercolor illustrations by Giselle Potter.

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“Creative version for writing class!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Deborah J. Bell

I purchased several versions of the Cinderella story from many countries. My class loved reading the different versions and used that as a springboard to write their own story of Cinderella from a different country after completing some research.

About the Author

Anthony L. Manna, Ph.D., a retired award-winning professor from Kent State University, has taught children’s literature, young adult literature, writing, and educational drama. With Soula Mitakidou, he co-authored Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale, illustrated by Giselle Potter (Simon & Schuster, 1997, which was selected a 1998 Notable Children’s Book of the Year by the American Library Association and was listed among the one hundred best books of the year by the New York Public Library. Manna and Mitakidou also co-authored Folktales from Greece: A Treasury of Delights (Greenwood Press, 2002) and The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece, illustrated by Potter (Schwartz & Wade/Random House 2011), which was selected a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2012.

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