The Boy Without a Name
When a boy is born, his parents are visited by a wise man who tells them not to name their son. He will give him a name when he is older. This is the story of how the 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.
For more than 30 years Idries Shah's collections of Teaching-Stories and narratives from the Sufi tradition have captivated the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Shah selected the majority of these tales from oral sources. They are repeated in homes, courts and caravanserais throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
Age: 6 and up
Number of Pages: 38
Publisher: Hoopoe Books
Author: Idries Shah (author), Mona Caron (illustrator)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: This enchanting tale about a young boy whose parents are advised by a wise man not to give him a name. ‘Nameless’ yearns for a name and is willing to trade his dream with a friend for his name. A magical tale full of wonder sure to stir your imagination. This tale is part of the many oral Sufi stories by Idries Shah, see the other titles here. Also available in English -Urdu (Lesson plan available here)
This book is also part of our FOLKTALES FROM ISLAMIC TRADITIONS book list.