Fatima the Spinner and the Tent – English-Pashto Edition

The cover for the English-Pashto book Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Natasha Delmar
Translated by Palwasha Bazger Salam
Ages: 8–14

ISBN: 978-1-944493-56-1 (paperback) $7.99
36 pages

This is the ninth book in the series of traditional stories for children retold by the Afghan author Idries Shah.  In this tale 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.

Young readers can make connections with their own lives and explore the deeper meanings of the concepts of misfortune, opportunity, and ultimate happiness. The story also provides an excellent opportunity to build children’s vocabulary and literacy skills while developing their appreciation for good literature.

Fatima the Spinner and the Tent English-Pashto Edition
Fatima the Spinner and the Tent Book description

Available in paperback.  Pashto: Available in paperback

If you live in a region not served by any of the Amazon sites shown here, you can find this book – and related titles in this series – by typing “Pashto Hoopoe” in the search box on your local Amazon site.

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