Arabic Folktales: The Three Princes of Serendip and Other Stories

By Rodaan Al Galidi

Illustrated by Geertje Aalders

This feast of Middle Eastern folklore from an award-winning Iraqi storyteller is paired with vibrant cut-paper art.

The twenty fables and folktales in this illustrated storybook have taken a long journey. Many have roots that stretch across Europe, Asia and Africa, but when award-winning writer and gatherer of tales Rodaan Al Galidi learned them in his homeland of Iraq, it was as Arabic folktales and as part of the Arabic storytelling tradition. When he migrated to the Netherlands, he shaped twenty of those tales into his debut book for children, which was translated to English by Laura Watkinson. Filled with wisdom about love and acceptance, and warnings against folly, these elegantly translated stories of donkeys and roosters, kings, sheikhs, and paupers are exquisitely illustrated by cut-paper artist Geertje Aalders. Beautifully packaged, Arabic Folktales is a rich and varied introduction to the world of Middle Eastern folklore.

Categories: Anthology

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529506006
  • Published: 03 Mar 2022
  • Price: £15.00
  • Size: 235 x 195 mm
  • Pages: 136

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'Listed in Pen&Inc, highlighting the best in diverse children's books, June 2022' Pen & Inc

'Featuring twenty folk tales with stunning paper cut illustrations, this book delights with its fanciful tales of kings and treasures, but also with relatable themes of acceptance, love and the perils of arrogance.' BookTrust

'‘Arabic Folktales’ is an essential collection for anyone who shares my delight in traditional stories and for anyone who hasn’t yet discovered just how delightful they can be!' Through the Bookshelf

'"A brilliant book I will be re-reading and one which I’d recommend for all children (and adults) to enjoy!' The Strawberry Post

'A stunning and wonderfully rich and varied collection of Middle Eastern folklore.' The School Librarian

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