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The Persian Cinderella

Book Bubble: Sitara’s Story

Told with the help of guest puppeteer, Cecilia Cackley.

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Learn more about Norooz…

babak and friendsBabak and Friends: A First Norooz
DVD [2005]

Babak who is not familiar with the traditions of the Persian New Year Norooz. When his cousins Saman and Sousanne come to visit, little Bobby realizes that he is missing out on the Best Day of the Year! With the help of Amoo Norooz and Haji Firooz and a trip to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, Persepolis, Babak learns about Norooz and rejoices in the rich culture of Iran.



More stories about cool princesses…

Picture Books

The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert Munsch

The tale of a dragon, a princess named Elizabeth, and the prince she rescues.



The Princess and the Pig
by Jonathan Emmett

When a new baby princess accidentally changes places with a piglet, both of their lives are forever changed.



Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.



The Well at the End of the World
by Robert San Souci

In this fairy tale, loosely based on English and Scottish lore, feisty Princess Rosamond, who prefers good books to good looks, risks her throne and all her wealth to save her father’s life.



Chapter Books

The Princess Knight
by Cornelia Funke

Violetta, a little princess, is determined to become as big and strong as her brothers. She secretly teaches herself to become the bravest and cleverest knight in the land until she must face the king’s best knights in a jousting tournament. Will she be ready?


The Princess, the Crone and the Dung Cart Knight
by Gerald Morris

Determined to find the knight responsible for the terrible deaths of her mother and the Jewish peddler who had given them a home, thirteen-year-old Sarah is helped in her quest by a strange old woman, a magical sword, a young faery, and an unkempt knight with little armor and no horse.



The Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley

With the help of the Blue Sword and the guidance of a wizard, a young woman named Aerin wins her birthright as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.



The Thirteenth Princess
by Diane Zahler

Zita, cast aside by her father and raised as a kitchen maid, learns when she is nearly twelve that she is a princess and that her twelve sisters love her. So when she discovers they are victims of an evil enchantment, she desperately tries to save them. Inspired by the Grimm fairy tale, “The twelve dancing princesses.”



Book Bubble is a co-production of Arlington Independent Media and the Arlington County Public Library, and is funded by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.


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