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Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, a little boy named Abdi was given a very big task — to deliver the most precious necklace in the world to the queen.

Come along with Abdi on his fantastic journey into a magical world of ruthless rogues, savage snakes, and deadly dungeons, where he remembers the wise words of his mentor: "Everything we have been given in life is always for the best."

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Olga Dugina and Andrej Dugin New York 2004 Hardcover First edition New in new jacket This is the 5th in a series of children's books by Madonna. Abdi, a little boy, has been ... given a very big task. But no matter what obstacles he faces, he never gives up. Book is new, unread. Wonderful artwork. In pristine condition all around with pristine jacket. Not a remainder. Not price clipped. First edition so stated. Number line complete. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, a little boy named Abdi was given a very big task — to deliver the most precious necklace in the world to the queen.

Come along with Abdi on his fantastic journey into a magical world of ruthless rogues, savage snakes, and deadly dungeons, where he remembers the wise words of his mentor: "Everything we have been given in life is always for the best."

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A young boy goes on a magical errand in Madonna's fourth lavish picture book for children. Set "in a land far away from the one we know," this lesson about life's riches follows young Abdi, an orphan who is instructed to bring the queen a necklace for her birthday. On his journey through the desert, Abdi meets a group of Bedouins, two of whom decide to steal the necklace and replace it with a snake. Abdi is thrown in prison when the royals discover his "trickery," but with the help of a guardian (who reveals that things are not as they seem), the queen gets her necklace and the two thieves get their comeuppance. Brought brilliantly to life by illustrators Olga Dugina and Andrej Dugin, this is one feast for the eyes that also provides food for thought. Breathtaking illustrations with sandy hues and intricate Middle Eastern designs create scenes of mind-bending, surreal fantasy, leaving readers to wonder what dreamy adventure Madonna will conjure next. Matt Warner
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This rococo vision of a tale takes place "in a land far away from the one we know, where sand and mountains stretched as far as the eye could see, and snake charmers wandered the streets." Young Abdi, an orphan, assists a white-bearded, brown-robed jeweler named Eli, said to possess "magical powers." One day, the two receive an urgent commission, to craft a necklace for the queen that "must shine like the sun and move like a snake." They set to work, and the exhausted Eli finally tells Abdi to carry the necklace to the palace. The boy hops aboard a camel with some "Bedouins" and, inevitably, snoozes while two thieves steal the precious necklace. Abdi, who arrives at the palace with a real (but friendly) snake in his purse, conducts himself according to Eli's advice: "Without certainty, we can accomplish nothing.... You must say to yourself, `I am sure it is for the best!' " Ultimately the snake transforms into jewelry when the cooperative queen tries it on. In Dugina and Dugin's sumptuous images, the elaborate floral motifs, beautifully draped clothing and weird creatures suggest what might happen if Michelangelo and Bosch got together to paint a mosque. Eli and Abdi inhabit a land of animal-people and orientalism run amok; a cobra-bodied man plays a flute, dark-skinned dwarves assist the milky-skinned queen and a gazelle sports a turbaned person's head. Some readers may be troubled by this harem-chic depiction of an exotic Middle East and its simplistic "it is for the best" philosophy. However, Abdi himself possesses the firm certitude and great luck of a folk hero. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670058891
  • Publisher: Callaway Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    Great teaching!

    This book shows readers that every time a door slams in your face, another one opens to good prospects. In other words, for every bad thing that happens to you, something good comes out of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    The message is powerful

    I am Madonna's admirer and this book shows how talented and smart she is, and of course that makes her more beautiful then ever. As an orphan, I completely understand her message in this wonderful book. The artwork is stunning as well. I strongly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    as good as the others, and maybe better

    If you enjoyed the other three Madonna books for children, you will probably like this too. Abdi, the protagonist, reminds me of the little Prince in his habit of repeating what he wants to learn and believe. In this case, Abdi repeats to himself that everything bad that happens is for the best. In a sense, the moral of this story is very similar to Dr. Seuss' 'Oh, the places will you', that is, life is not only roses and you will have problems and difficult times, but you must keep trying your best because it is worth it. As 'Yakov and the 7 thieves', there is a miracle that happens in this story, something that cannot be explained and it is not really explained, but this miracle beautifully conveys that Abdi's endurance and good faith (and good nature) spoke louder than any bad luck that he across with. I enjoy Madonna's writing style; her light humor goes very well with the somehow classic tone of this story (similar to Yakov and the 7 thieves). I highly recommend this book. The artwork is stunning and gorgeous, and deserves a separate review.

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