Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor

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The seven voyages of Sinbad are some of the most popular stories in A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. During his 20 years as a merchant adventurer, Sindad encounters a Rookh’s egg, a valley of diamonds, streams of amber, a terrifying sea-monster, an ogre’s feast, the Cave of the Dead, the Old Man of the Sea, and much more. For this vibrant retelling, James Riordan draws from Sir Richard Burton's remarkable translation. Artist Shelley Fowles illustrates with beauty and gusto, and her comedic touch gives these ...

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Overview

The seven voyages of Sinbad are some of the most popular stories in A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. During his 20 years as a merchant adventurer, Sindad encounters a Rookh’s egg, a valley of diamonds, streams of amber, a terrifying sea-monster, an ogre’s feast, the Cave of the Dead, the Old Man of the Sea, and much more. For this vibrant retelling, James Riordan draws from Sir Richard Burton's remarkable translation. Artist Shelley Fowles illustrates with beauty and gusto, and her comedic touch gives these classic stories a contemporary feel.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

The legendary journeys of the restless sailor, whose adventures are found in Western translations of The Arabian Nights , contain stories of mythical beasts, harrowing adventures, and marvelous riches. Riordan's retellings are imaginative and accessible without being oversimplified. Fowles's pen-and-ink and acrylic illustrations are colorful and merry. Two of the stories refer to foreigners (including cannibals) as "dark-skinned men," which detract from the otherwise fluid narratives. An afterword about the stories and a glossary are welcome additions. The endpapers are full-color stylized maps, and libraries would do well to find alternatives to covering them up.-Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA

Kirkus Reviews
Here Riordan recasts the Sinbad chapter in his Tales from the Arabian Nights (1983) for a younger audience, and Fowles adds comic notes with small, jewel-toned watercolor illustrations done in an appealingly childlike style. The language may not be as ornate or atmospheric as is customary in older versions, but even in the third-person, the melodrama remains: "One moment Sinbad's eyes were shining with joy. The next ... he froze in terror. Coiled about the diamonds were hundreds of squirming snakes big enough to swallow a caravan of camels." Closing with a historical note and a thumbnail version of the covering story of Shahrazad, this iteration of the itchy-footed merchant's misadventures captures the requisite sense of wonder, but John Yeoman's Seven Voyages of Sinbad, illustrated by Quentin Blake (1996), is still at least a match for child appeal. (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845075316
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 61
  • Sales rank: 729,874
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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