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A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq
     

A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq

by Elizabeth Laird, Shelley Fowles (Illustrator)
 

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Secret serpents, devilish demons, mysterious magicians - the folk tales of Iraq teem with otherworldly creatures, magic and earthy humour. Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Laird has gathered together the very best Iraqi stories during her time in the Middle East - stories ranging from thieving porcupines who get their come-uppance to the hilarious tale of the chaos

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Secret serpents, devilish demons, mysterious magicians - the folk tales of Iraq teem with otherworldly creatures, magic and earthy humour. Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Laird has gathered together the very best Iraqi stories during her time in the Middle East - stories ranging from thieving porcupines who get their come-uppance to the hilarious tale of the chaos caused by a handsome stranger who knocks at a house inside which lurks a marriageable daughter. Meticulously researched and elegantly retold, the stories reveal the true, traditional heart of Iraq, far removed from today's news headlines.

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This delightful collection of nine Iraqi tales of varying length would be a pleasure to read aloud, with its vaariety of characters' voices and its clear and lively style. Laird's introduction paints a picture of Baghdad and Basra before the war, and of the simple huts and quiet villages in the countryside. Apart from being fine entertainment, these stories reveal a culture that it is a crime to destroy.
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

This collection introduces young readers to a host of interesting characters, including a lazy man with a clever wife, a boastful tailor with a resourceful daughter, a miser who is taught a lesson by a neighbor, a wife who comes up with an ingenious plan for controlling her husband's bad temper, a wise hare who tricks the King of the Elephants, and a wolf who outwits a prideful lion. In the title story, a youngest daughter's request that her merchant father bring her a gift of a fistful of pearls leads to a chain of unexpected and magical consequences when Fistful of Pearls turns out to be the name of the Prince of the Jinns. In the introduction, Laird recalls memories of living in Iraq and provides some background for the tales. Her retellings of these folktales are flavored with humor and cultural details, as is Fowles's clever black-and-white spot art.-Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845076412
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Frances Lincoln Folktales from Around the World Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Laird is the author of Red Sky in the Morning, The Garbage King, Crusade and Lost Riders. She has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, and her son lived for four years in Iran. She met her husband while travelling in India and they lived together in Iraq, Lebanon and Austria. Her other books for Frances Lincoln are A Fistful of Pearls: Stories from Iraq, Pea Boy, and The Ogress and the Snake: Stories from Ethiopia. Laird divides her time between London and Edinburgh.Shelley Fowles was born in South Africa. She is currently working on her M.A. in Illustration at the University of Brighton, specialising in folk and fairy tales. Her first book was The Bachelor and the Bean (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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