Riding a Donkey Backwards

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ISBN-13: 9781536205077
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Riding a Donkey Backwards
Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

authors: Sean Taylor; Khayaal Theatre Company
illustrator: Shirin Adl

Would you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey? Whether a cow can climb a pole? Or why you should spoon yogurt into a lake? Mulla Nasruddin knows all the answers, and he might also tell you why he rides his donkey backwards. Whether in the guise of an imam in a mosque or a beggar in the street, this trickster is never at a loss for a rejoinder, though it may leave you scratching your head, rolling your eyes, or laughing out loud. Enjoy twenty-one classic tales about a much-loved character from Muslim cultures in a book packed with jokes, riddles, and wisdom and paired with vibrant, theatrical illustrations.

Timeless wisdom is found in absurdity in these tales of an iconic Muslim character known as the sagest man in the village and also its biggest fool.
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1536205079 /  9781536205077
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Picture Book Fiction / Hardback
age range:
4 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
48 / 8 7/16" x 10 5/8"
grade range:
Preschool - Grade 3
Humorous Stories; Indigenous; Religious;
author’s comments:
Sean Taylor is an author, storyteller, and teacher who has written numerous books for children, including The World Champion of Staying Awake, illustrated by Jimmy Liao, and Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, illustrated by Jean Jullien. Sean Taylor divides his time between the U.K. and Brazil.

The Khayaal Theatre Company,
based in the U.K., was cofounded by Luqman Ali and Eleanor Martin in 1997 to bring to life the poetry, stories, wisdom, imagination, and humor of Muslim cultures.
illustrator’s comments:
Shirin Adl, a British-Iranian illustrator of many books for children, says that the Mulla Nasruddin stories were an important part of her childhood, and that she is delighted to illustrate them for a new generation of children. She lives in England.
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