The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal/El Muchachito Listo y El Terrible y Peligroso Animal

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When a boy visits another village, he is surprised to find the townspeople terrified of something that — just because they have not seen it before — they mistake for a terrible, dangerous animal. With his own knowledge and by demonstration, the boy helps them overcome their fears. This story is part of an oral tradition from the Middle East and Central Asia that is more than a thousand years old. In an entertaining way, it introduces children to an interesting aspect of human behavior and so enables them to recognize it in their daily life. One of many tales from the body of Sufi literature collected by Idries Shah, the tale is presented here as part of his series of books for young readers. This is the second book of the series illustrated by Rose Mary Santiago, following the award-winning best-seller, The Farmer’s Wife. Cuando un chico visita otro pueblo, se sorprende al ver que la gente está aterrorizada por algo que — como nunca lo han visto antes — creen ser un terrible y peligroso animal. Usando su conocimiento y demostración, el chico los ayuda a sobreponerse al miedo. Esta historia es parte de una tradición oral del Medio Oriente y Asia Central que tiene más de mil años. De forma entretenida, esta historia presenta a los niños un interesante aspecto de la conducta humana, capacitándolos así a reconocerlo en la vida diaria. Es uno entre muchos otros cuentos pertenecientes al cuerpo de literatura Sufi coleccionados por Idries Shah y presentado aquí como parte de una serie de libros para los pequeños lectores. Las ilustraciones son de Rose Mary Santiago. Es su segundo título en esta serie de libros para niños de Idries Shah, después del premiado best-seller La esposa del granjero.

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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.

About the Author:

Idries Shah spent much of his life collecting Sufi classical narratives and teaching stories from oral and written sources in the Middle East and Central Asia and publishing them in book form. The eleven tales he wrote especially for children are published by Hoopoe as beautifully illustrated books, all of which have been commended by Western educators and psychologists, the Library of Congress, National Public Radio and other media for their unique ability to foster social-emotional development, thinking skills and perception in children and adults alike. Told for centuries, these stories express universal themes and a positive representation of important but often misunderstood cultures, showing how much we have in common and what we can learn from each other. They acknowledge a child’s individuality and uniqueness and encourage a sense of confidence, responsibility and purpose.

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