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Fatima the Spinner and the Tent – English-French Edition

Fatima the Spinner and the Tent / Fatima la fileuse et la tente

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By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Natasha Delmar
Translated by Hélène Devèze, Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, Sarah Wenger
Ages: 8–14

ISBN: 978-1-944493-86-8 (paperback) $9.99
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 were an integral part of her eventual fulfillment.

This Teaching-Story is well known in Greek folklore, but this version is attributed to Sheikh Mohamed Jamaludin of Adrianople (modern-day Edirne) in Turkey, who died in 1750.  It was first published by Idries Shah in 1967 in his classic work, Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters Over the Past Thousand Years.

In the Sufi tradition, there is a continuum between the children’s story, the entertainment or folklore story, and the instructional or instrumental story. A story can help children deal with difficult situations and give them something to hold on to. It can, at the same time, stimulate a deeper understanding in adults.

“This fascinating tale will captivate young readers with its suspenseful plot. Older readers can make connections with their own lives and explore the deeper meanings of the concepts of misfortune, opportunity, and ultimate happiness. The detailed, colorful artwork of Natasha Delmar adds depth and richness to the story. With each reading, children and adults will find new details in the illustrations to appreciate and discuss. In addition, reading the book to and with children provides an excellent opportunity to build their vocabulary and literacy skills while developing their appreciation for good literature.”
—Denise Nessel, Ph.D., Consultant and Director of Publications
National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

“Designed for ages five and older, this book is an excellent example of a ‘Teaching-Story’ used to promote critical thinking through the power of an entertaining tale. Discussions about goal-setting, perseverance, and hard work will come naturally while reading this volume.”
—KaaVonia Hinton, Ph.D., Foreward Reviews

Fatima la fileuse et la tente – édition bilingue anglais-français

Écrit par Idries Shah
Illustré par Natasha Delmar
Traduction de Hélène Devèze, Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, Sarah Wenger
De 8 à 14 ans

ISBN: 978-1-944493-86-8 (broché) $9.99
36 pages

La vie de Fatima est une épopée aux multiples mésaventures. Son voyage la mène du Maroc à la Méditerranée, à l’Égypte, la Turquie, et enfin, jusqu’en Chine. C’est là qu’elle comprendra que toutes les expériences qu’elle a vécues pendant son périple, aussi malheureuses qu’elles aient pu lui sembler, faisaient partie, en fait, de son bonheur à venir.

Cette histoire-enseignement est célèbre dans le folklore grec, mais l’on attribue cette version au Cheikh Mohamed Jamaludin d’Adrianople (Edirne de nos jours) en Turquie, qui est mort en 1750. Elle a été publiée pour la première fois par Idries Shah en 1967 dans son œuvre classique, Contes derviches : histoires-enseignements des maîtres soufi de ce dernier millénaire.

Dans la tradition soufie, il existe une continuité entre le conte pour enfants, le conte amusant ou folklorique et le conte didactique ou instrumental. Avec une histoire, on peut aider un enfant à gérer une situation difficile et lui donner un appui. Elle peut aussi développer une compréhension plus profonde chez les adultes.

« Ce récit fascinant, plein de suspens, captivera les jeunes lecteurs. Les lecteurs plus âgés feront le lien avec leur propre vie et exploreront la signification plus profonde des concepts de malheur, de chance, et du bonheur qui arrive enfin. » —Denise Nessel, PhD., consultante et directrice de publications, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education 

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