A Donkey Reads by Muriel Mandell

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A lushly illustrated, fanciful adaptation of a Turkish fable tells the tale of a poor villager named Mustafo, who must give a gift of tribute to his tyrannical Mongol ruler. When Mustafo presents his old donkey, his only posession, the Mongol is furious and threatens to kill the villager. But Nasreddin Hoca, the wiseman, devises a plan to save Mustafo. Nasreddin also manages to prove that the donkey reads.

About Muriel Mandell

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Muriel Mandell is the author of more than one dozen children's books that have been published, anthologized, and translated into over twelve languages. In addition to writing books, Muriel is a reporter, columnist, magazine writer, and a teacher. She lives in New York City.
Published February 28, 2011 by Star Bright Books. 18 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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But Nasreddin Hoca, the village wise man, interrupts the leader's tirade: "I believe that I can teach him to read," Nasreddin says.

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The stooped posture of Mustafo contrasts tellingly with that of Nasreddin Hoca, who approaches delicate situations with an odd mixture of faith and humor.Just as Mustafo suspected, the Mongol proclaims the donkey to be an insult and threatens the gift-bearer with a beating.

Apr 01 2011 | Read Full Review of A Donkey Reads

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