[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”0802854168″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RhDYN1a2L._SL160_.jpg” width=”125″][simpleazon-link asin=”0802854168″ locale=”us”]Nasreddine[/simpleazon-link] by Odile Weulersse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have a fondness for fables and folktales because they tend to be passed down for generations and offer up wise lessons for children. Nasreddine is a story that is said to have originated in Turkey and been spread throughout the Middle East and beyond. I first heard a version of it via my favorite storyteller, Josie Bailey. Her version was hysterical because she had the adults acting it out. It was also shorter because the entire story took place on one trip to the market rather than several.
This version was well-done but not as humorous. It was still quite good though. I particularly liked the illustrations with their soft earth tones and Middle Eastern flavor. The lesson learned about not listening to the criticisms of everyone is a good one. “You can’t be afraid that other people will judge you or make fun of you.”
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