How the Fisherman Tricked the Genie by Christopher Sunami

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When a poor fisherman casts his net out into the Arabian Sea -- and pulls in a genie in a bottle -- he expects three wishes....

But this genie isn't like other genies....

Three interwoven stories-within-a-story illustrate that good deeds should never be rewarded with evil, a lesson the genie will not soon forget.


About Christopher Sunami

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Kitoba Sunami was born on the island of Manhattan in 1975. Emigrating to the Midwest, he spent his childhood in Columbus, Ohio, where he still resides. Part African-American and part Japanese-American, Kitoba is proud to be part of what might be "America's smallest ethnic group." Kitoba is a lifelong lover of books and stories, especially ones with plenty of magic and adventure. He lived for a year in Kenya, where he swam in the "Sea of Dreams" and received the name "Kitoba." When asked if he really talks to imaginary people, believes in genies, and was abducted by aliens, Kitoba refuses to comment.
Published August 1, 2002 by Atheneum. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“That,” says the fisherman, “is the story of how evil follows evil.” Unfortunately, none of the depressing stories has anything to do with the genie, who bellows in ALL CAPS some fairly standard threats until the fisherman tricks him into returning to his bottle.

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When, far from granting him wishes, the genie threatens to kill him, the fisherman warns him that evil will be repaid with evil, and—in the Arabian Nights tradition—illustrates his warning by telling him a story.

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