Idries Shah The Boy Without a Name

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The Boy Without a Name

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A boy seeks and eventually finds his own name and is able to discard an old dream for a new and wonderful one.

Among the many insights that this story introduces to children is the idea that it takes patience and resolve to achieve one's goals in life.

Beautiful watercolor illustrations by Mona Caron embellish this unusual story.

Ages 3 - 8

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Beautifully illustrated in stunning color, this award-winning series of large-format children's books by Idries Shah presents tales from a rich tradition of storytelling. All books were well reviewed and one received a National Parenting Publications Honors Award.

For thousands of years all over the Middle East and Central Asia children have been entertained and taught by these stories and have continued to tell them in adult life. Until his death in 1996, Shah collected hundreds of such stories and adapted them to contemporary Western culture. His adult books continue to attract millions of readers from all over the world.

Sufi tradition affirms that there is a continuum of the children's story, the entertainment story, and the teaching story. A story can help young children deal with difficult situations and give them something to hold on to. Adults can at the same time understand it on a more spiritual level. Through repeated readings of this rich body of oral and written material both children and adults can now learn to develop the capacity to be more flexible, as well as get fresh insights into many things about themselves and about life.

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A small boy seeks and eventually finds his own name and is able to discard an old dream for a new and wonderful one.

This is one of a series of illustrated books for the young written by Idries Shah, whose collections of narratives and teaching stories have captivated the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. It belongs to a tradition of storytelling from the Middle East and Central Asia that is more than a thousand years old. Among the many insights that this story introduces to children is the idea that it takes patience and resolve to achieve one's goals in life.

For more than 30 years Idries Shah collected such Sufi teaching stories from oral and written sources and made them available to Western readers. Selected for their relevance to our Western workd, they present an outstanding body of literature that continues to delight, entertain and, at the same time, teach people of all ages.

Mona Caron is an award-winning muralist and illustrator. She was born in Lucarno, Switzerland, and studied at the University of Zurich before moving to San Francisco where she now works. This is her first book.

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