Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale

Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale

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ISBN-13: 9781477816875
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 829,039
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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Joha Makes A Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Joha, modeled after the typical "wise fool" from Arabic storytelling, finds a wishing stick, he makes his first wish without thinking. Joha wishes for new sandals, but he is left barefoot. A series of unfortunate events follow with each wish Joha makes. Eventually, he meets a helpful old store keeper who encourages Joha to think more carefully before using any instrument or gift. In a twist of events, the Sultan of Baghdad insists that Joha give him the wishing stick, and Joha's streak of bad luck ceases.The story reminds me of a lighter version of "The Monkey's Paw," and I consider it to be one of Eric Kimmel's better re-tellings.
aakauff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this folk tale-picture book for upper elementary students, Joha finds a stick wrapped in parchment that will grant him three wishes. But instead of receiving everything he asks for, Joha finds himself being granted quite the opposite¿a wish for a donkey to ride turns into Joha having to carry a kicking donkey instead. Ultimately, Joha has an encounter with the emperor who confiscates the wishing stick from him. Unfortunately for the emperor, he does not know how to use the stick, and there¿s a familiar lesson to be learned from the story about not being greedy and appreciating what you have. Charismatic, pastel illustrations by Rayyan excel at presenting a vivid picture of the Middle East, with colorful clothing and bustling marketplaces . For ages 7-9. Recommended.