Nasreddine by Odile Weulersse

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It's time to go to market, so Nasreddine loads up the donkey and sets off with his father. But when onlookers criticize his father for riding while Nasreddine walks, the boy is ashamed. The following week, Nasreddine persuades his father to walk, and let him ride -- but then people criticize the boy for making his father walk! No matter what Nasreddine tries, it seems that someone always finds something to disapprove of.

Nasreddine is a legendary character popular in stories told throughout the Middle East, and this clever story will bring him to a new audience. Accompanied by stunning artwork, this tale offers a gentle reminder to readers that it isn't always necessary to listen to the world's criticisms.
 

About Odile Weulersse

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Odile Weulersse is a French author who has written numerous books for children, many of them focused on retelling old legends and stories for a young audience. She lives in France and teaches film at the Sorbonne.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 34 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The beloved character of Nasreddin Hodja is usually portrayed as a man in Turkish and Middle Eastern folklore, but here, the wise fool is a youngster.

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Dautremer’s (The Secret Lives of Princesses) evocative spreads of Middle Eastern marketplace life lend a meditative air to French author Weulersse’s version of an ancient tale, which casts the legenda

Feb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Nasreddine

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They load the donkey with dates, and his father rides as Nasreddine walks behind, taking off his slippers so as not to get them muddy.

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There’s lots more to say but I’ll stop so Cindy can have a turn except to say that the donkey is one of my favorite characters and he never says thing.

Jun 28 2013 | Read Full Review of Nasreddine

Gr 1–3—One day, Nasreddine and his father, Mustafa, a wise and patient man, load a basket of dates on their donkey's back to take to market. Mustafa rides, and the boy walks behind. A powerful vizier sees them and criticizes Mustafa as "a lazy man who lounges and makes his son slosh through the m...

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