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Shy and unsure of herself, Leila discovers all the things that make her special with the loving help of her Naani.
A Sufi teaching tale in which two very different princes find their hearts' desires: one in a wondrous, mechanical fish, the other in a magical wooden horse.
This is a cumulative tale of a woman’s efforts to retrieve an apple from a hole in the ground. Children will enjoy learning the highly predictable lines by heart. But when a surprise event changes the direction of the tale, their expectations will be jolted in a most amusing way, and they will have learned its valuable lessons about the nature of problem solving and discovery. This is one of the many hundreds of traditional stories collected by Afghan author and educator Idries Shah from oral and written sources throughout Afghanistan and surrounding areas.--publisher
In this amusing story, an old woman encounters an eagle for the first time. Perplexed by its unfamiliar appearance, she decides to change it to suit her own ideas of what a bird should look like. Her efforts mirror a common pattern of human thought: altering the unfamiliar to make it acceptable. This tale is specially presented for children by the author and educator Idries Shah, who, for more than 30 years, collected stories from the Sufi tradition from oral and written sources. Told since ancient times throughout Central Asia and the Middle East, such tales are used to help foster greater mental flexibility and insight in people of all ages.. -- publisher
A man tricks a young fox into believing that he will give him a chicken. The fox is trapped, but through ingenuity and perseverance, he escapes. Reading this story inspires children to face challenges directly, and even to use the obstacles in their paths to solve problems. This story belongs to the rich and ancient storytelling tradition of Central Asia and the Middle East. --publisher
When a boy visits another village, he is surprised to find the townspeople terrified of something that—just because they have not seen it before—they mistake for a terrible, dangerous animal. With his own knowledge and by demonstration, the boy helps them overcome their fears. This story is part of an oral tradition from the Middle East and Central Asia that is more than a thousand years old. In an entertaining way, it introduces children to an interesting aspect of human behavior and so enables them to recognize it in their daily life. --publisher
A small boy seeks and eventually finds his own name and is able to discard an old dream for a new and wonderful one. Among the many insights that this story introduces to children is the idea that it takes patience and resolve to achieve one’s goals in life. This is one of the many hundreds of traditional stories collected by Afghan author Idries Shah from oral and written sources throughout Central Asia and the Middle East.--publisher
Colorful illustrations introduce children to the many ways they can be polite and make friends with others.
Colorful illustrations introduce children to the many ways they can be brave.
All children are creative. When we notice and nurture their creativity, the sky's the limit. With simple words and inventive illustrations that relate to children's everyday lives, You Are Creative encourages little ones to explore and experience their creativity in many ways: touching toes to noses, dancing, putting things together and taking them apart, making happy faces, and more. This warm, affirming little book helps children know that it's good to imagine, have fun, play, and be themselves.--publisher