Genies, Meanies, and Magic Rings: Three Tales from the Arabian Nights

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Master storyteller Stephen Mitchell brings three of the best loved stories from The Arabian Nights to independent young readers ready for adventure. All richly illustrated with lustrous line drawings throughout, they are here for young readers to rediscover: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Abu Keer and Abu Seer, and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp in its original setting of China.  These stories will bring you to a whole new world; one where clever wit will save the day, thieves give chase with swords and spears,...

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Master storyteller Stephen Mitchell brings three of the best loved stories from The Arabian Nights to independent young readers ready for adventure. All richly illustrated with lustrous line drawings throughout, they are here for young readers to rediscover: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Abu Keer and Abu Seer, and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp in its original setting of China.  These stories will bring you to a whole new world; one where clever wit will save the day, thieves give chase with swords and spears, kings can kill with a glance, honesty is rewarded with a vast, unheard-of treasure.

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Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
In this retelling of stories from The Arabian Nights, Stephen Mitchell provides a well-written and compelling text. Mitchell includes "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," "Abu Keer and Abu Seer," and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." In "Ali Baba" readers are drawn into Persia and the lives of two brothers who stumble into enormous treasure and unexpected danger. Will Ali Baba's good heart and wisdom allow him to outwit the selfish men who surround him? In "Abu Keer" we travel to Egypt to meet two neighbors—one hardworking and honest and the other dishonest and mean-spirited. How long will Abu Seer be able to trick his companion? In "Aladdin" Mitchell takes readers to China, the original setting of the story. Children who have only experienced Aladdin through the Disney version will enjoy experiencing the richness of the original tale. Pohri's line drawings are richly detailed and convey characters' feelings beautifully.
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The creators of The Wishing Bone: and Other Poems (2003) offer two gently massaged chestnuts and a lesser-known bonbon from various versions of Arabian Nights. Sandwiched by "Ali Baba" and a full rendition of "Aladdin," Mitchell's retelling of "Abu Keer and Abu Seer"-which he suggests from internal evidence is "the most modern of all the tales"-puts a scheming Egyptian dyer and a kindly, forgiving barber through several sudden and severe reversals of fortune. Though he does slip in the occasional anachronistic touch, such as a feast in "Aladdin" that includes "crystal bowls filled with pistachio, almond, cherry-chocolate, and mocha-chip ice cream," most of Mitchell's additions to the three stories are seamless. And he tells each tale in a fluid prose that is divided into short chapters and largely free of the usual heavy-handed ornamental flourishes. Following Mitchell's (and Sir Richard Burton's) lead, Pohrt gives Aladdin Chinese features in his finely detailed illustrations, and endows all of his figures, even the genies, with distinct, animated personalities. Rich in danger, intrigue and astonishing acts of largesse, these celebrations of loyalty, courage and generosity are as entertaining as they are edifying. (extensive source notes) (Folktales. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802796394
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Mitchell

STEPHEN MITCHELL was born in Brooklyn, studied at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and spent seven years in Zen training. His many books include the award-winning The Wishing Bone and Other Poems.
www.stephenmitchellbooks.com
 
TOM POHRT is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez and The Wishing Bone and Other Poems by Stephen Mitchell. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and daughter.

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Table of Contents


Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves     1
Abu Keer and Abu Seer     35
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp     83
Afterword     179
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