Author: Idries Shah; Illustrated by Natasha Delmar
Publisher: Hoopoe Books (2005)
Pages: 32 Binding: Paperback
Description from the 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 Afghan author Idries Shah, who, for more than 30 years, collected stories from the Sufi tradition and adapted them to contemporary Western culture. Told since ancient times throughout Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Middle East, such tales are used by Sufis to help foster greater mental flexibility and insight in people of all ages.
Natasha Delmar was born in Hong Kong and raised in Argentina. Now she lives and works in the Bay Area. Natasha learned to paint from her father, the celebrated classic Chinese painter Ng Yi-Ching. This is her first children’s book. 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.