Story Told Outline
The Golden Sandal – A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
By Rebecca HickoxIllustrated by Will Hillenbrand
– There once was a widowed fisherman and his daughter Maha. Maha went to their single neighbor’s house while her father fished. Maha wished her father to marry the neighbor woman so she would have a mother and sister. Father worried about the treatment of Stepmothers.
-Maha continued to beg her father to marry. Eventually, they married. All was well at first, then the stepmother became jealous.
-Maha stepmother ordered her to fetch fish for dinner, on her return fed fish begged for his life with the promise that kindness would be rewarded.
-Maha was scolded for letting the fish go and was sent to the river to retreive the fish. The fish gave Maha a gold coin to give to her stepmother.
-As the years went by, Maha worked from sunup to sunset.
-All women in the town were invited to a wedding celebration to watch the bride’s feet and hands be painted with henna. Mother’s choose brides for their sons at this celebration. Maha was not allowed to go.
-Maha went to visit the fish for help. On the shore of the river appeared a silken gown, a pearl comb, and a pair of golden sandals.
-Maha sat next to the bride and talked with the women.
-Maha rushed from the party to return home and lost her golden sandal on the footbridge.
-Tariq, the brother of the bride, found the golden sandal at the shore of the river.
-Tariq told his mother he wanted to marry the woman that fit the sandal. The mother walked through the town trying to find the mysterious woman.
-The stepmother locked Maha in the bread oven and put a rock in front of the door. A rooster alerted the woman that Maha was in the oven.
-Maha’s evil stepmother asked the town perfumer to make an oil that smells like rotting fish and will make Maha’s hair fall out. The oil made Maha’s hair beautiful and smell like roses.
-When Tariq’s brother saw his happiness, he asked his mother to bring Maha’s sister to marry. The girl was taken back to her mother in disgrace.
-Maha and Tariq were blessed with seven children and lived their days in great joy and good fortune.