A little girl named Maha convinces her widowed father to marry the widow next-door. Her stepmother, jealous of her skills and beauty, overworks and under feeds her when the father is away. When Maha frees a talking fish, her stepmother threatens to beat her. The fish provides her with a gold coin. As time passes, the fish helps Maha over and over.
One day, he provides beautiful clothing for her to attend the wedding of a master merchant. On the way home she loses her golden sandal in the river. And so the story continues until she is wed and happy.
This version comes from Iraq and contains reference to Allah.
There is an illustrator’s note at the end of the book explaining the complex, detailed, and beautiful techniques used to make the illustrations. The pictures are detailed, fascinating, and expressive.
Well worth taking a look.