Author: Idries Shah; Illustrated by Rose Mary Santiago
Publisher: Hoopoe Books (2006)
Pages: 31 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The first of these Afghan tales to be set in the West, this story is about a badly behaved man and how a young boy initiates a plan to change his behavior and, with the help of all the villagers, succeeds. It will bring laughter to young children and at the same time teach them valuable lessons about conflict resolution, initiative and cooperation.
Rose Mary Santiago’s illustrations provide delightful and amusing counterpoint to the story. This is the third book she has illustrated in this series.
Part of a rich body of literature from Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East, this story is one of many collected and retold for children by the Afghan author Idries Shah. It is the first in this series to be set in the West.
“A young boy decides to reform an ill-mannered neighbor and finds in himself a newfound skill for resolving conflicts in this warm, inviting story of resolution.”