Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

By Idries Shah  |  Illustrated by Natasha Delmar
Ages: 8–14

ISBN: 978-1-883536-42-8 (hardback) $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-942698-07-4 (paperback) $11.90
Hardback: 32 pages
Paperback: 36 pages

Fatima’s life is beset with what seem to be disasters. Her journey leads her from Morocco to the Mediterranean, Egypt, Turkey and, finally, to China. It is in China that she realizes that what seemed at the time to be really unfortunate events became an integral part of her eventual fulfillment.

This Teaching-Story is well known in Greek folklore, but this version is attributed to the Sheikh Mohamed Jamaludin of Adrianople (modern-day Edirne) in Turkey, who died in 1750.

Natasha Delmar lives and works in the Bay Area. She is the daughter of the celebrated classic Chinese painter Ng Yi-Ching, who taught her to paint.

Natasha has illustrated two other Hoopoe books The Old Woman and the Eagle by Idries Shah and The Wisdom of Ahmad Shah by Palwasha Bazger Salam.