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Children's LiteratureMorocco becomes the backdrop for this beautiful, touching tale about a boy and his father, the village rug seller. The lad, Mustafa, relates the tale in first person; this adds to the richness of the text. Mustafa's father has many brilliantly colored rugs in his shop for tourists to buy. When Mustafa finds a rug with a hole in the middle (one that can fit over his head), he asks his father for it. His father does not miss a learning opportunity and says Mustafa may have the rug if he learns some foreign languages, since they are important in the rug trade. Mustafa agrees and tries, but after only one lesson he runs out of the shop and seeks shelter in the city market. It is there that he discovers the value of knowing foreign languages and returns to the shop to learn more. Fortunately, tourists follow him and buy his father's rugs. Vibrant, colorful illustrations blend perfectly with the text. This rich book will accentuate classroom learning about different countries and will be read again and again for the worth of the story. 2006 (orig. 2004), Kane/Miller, Ages 4 to 6.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury