Hoopoe Books spans the globe to offer four picture-book-and-CD packages featuring stories from the Sufi tradition adapted to Western culture by Afghani author Indries Shah. A roster of talented narrators serves up vibrant, often buttery-toned readings of these entertaining fables. Titles contain an educational introduction, narration with page-turn signals (and without signals), and all are available in Spanish and English, as well as hardcover and paperback. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
This cumulative tale from the Sufi tradition is as wonderfully silly as so many others in this genre. The farmer's wife loses an apple and implores a bee, a cow, the beekeeper, the fire, and all manner of things animate and inanimate to help her retrieve her apple. One by one they decline until the farmer's wife enlists the naughty bird to start things in motion by pecking the cow. Sure enough, the cow then drinks the water that puts out the fire and so on and so forth. Children love these cumulative tales for their silliness but also because the repetition is ideal for them as they learn to read. Santiago's bold, colorful illustrations are just the right touch for the foolishness this story shares. A CD, complete with signals for page turning, accompanies the book. 1997, Hoopoe Books, Ages 5 to 8.
Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
PreS-Gr 3-This award-winning folktale from Afghanistan is a story from the Sufi tradition, collected and retold by Idries Shah (Hoopoe, 1998). The farmer's wife loses an apple down a hole. She asks for help in retrieving it, but is refused by an increasingly long list of "naughty" animals, people, and inanimate objects. At last it looks like things are working out, but there's an unexpected twist before all ends well. This delightful cumulative tale should tickle young listeners. An introduction provides information about the story's background and purpose, as well as a story overview. Then a female narrator expressively reads the tale as authentic background music accompanies the text. Young listeners will enjoy the story's rhythm, pacing, and repetition as they scan Rose Mary Santiago's brightly-hued, gently rounded illustrations. The English/Spanish edition is an excellent addition to bilingual folktale collections.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Enjoy ... new bright collections featuring different illustrators ... fine stories!" -- REVIEWER'S CHOICE, The Children's Bookwatch
"Its pleasantly repetitive language makes it an ideal tool for developing reading readiness and beginning reading skills." -- Denise Nessel, Ph.D., National Urban Alliance for Effective Education
"These stories ... help in the development of children's cognitive abilities." -- Robert Ornstein, Ph.D.