The Patient Stone: A Persian Love Story

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A retelling of the traditional Persian tale of how the patient stone helps a mistreated young girl achieve her true destiny.

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Margaret Olivia Wolfson's previous publications include the award-winning Marriage of the Rain Goddess (Barefoot Books 1996). A solo theatre artist, she re-creates and performs mythic stories from around the world, and has appeared in such venues as the Kennedy Centre, the Sydney Opera House, and the United Nations. She also finds time to conduct creative writing and drama workshops. Juan Caneba Clavero was born and still lives in Salamanca, Spain. Having studied art in his native town, he is now a full-time illustrator whose work can be seen in a variety of Spanish titles. He also illustrates for regional newspapers.

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Grade 3 & Up--In this retelling of a classic tale, Fatima hears a voice in a well prophesizing her death. The young woman then journeys across a desert, finds the Prince of Light with pins in his heart, and is given a task that requires patience and discipline. She does well until a "robber girl" tricks her, marries the prince, and turns her into a slave. Through a folkloric series of events, the prince, with the aid of the Patient Stone, learns the truth and marries Fatima. The ending leaves one major issue unresolved. What happened to the other young woman? All readers are told is that the prince and Fatima fall instantly in love, and on the very next day they set out on a long journey to her village for a grand wedding. No mention is made of the first wife. Pastel watercolors adorn the pages. Each spread holds the text on the left with an ornate border above and below on pastel-colored paper that blends with the full-page illustration opposite it. Although pleasant enough to look at, the decorative artwork doesn't do much to extend the story. An author's note includes information about the symbolism in the tale but not about its source. Unless there is a need for tales from Persia, which are few and far between, consider this a marginal purchase.

Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL

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