The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal
When a boy visits another village, he is amazed 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, he helps them overcome their fears.
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: 3 and up
Language: English, English-Urdu
Number of Pages: 32
Publisher: Hoopoe Books
Author: Idries Shah (author), Rose Mary Santiago (illustrator)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: A vividly illustrated and highly entertaining tale told in bright colors and with gentle humor about a young boy who visits a neighboring village only to find the villagers cowering over a ‘dangerous animal’. The boy dispels their fears and manages to lead them to a clever solution too! A lighthearted tale about fearing that (and those) which we do not know. 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.