Neem the Half-Boy – English-French Edition

Neem the Half-Boy / Niim le demi garçon
Neem the Half-Boy / Niim le demi garçon

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By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Midori Mori & Robert Revels
Translated by Hélène Devèze, Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, Sarah Wenger
Ages: 8–14

ISBN: 978-1-946270-31-3 (paperback) $11.90
36 pages

Because she fails to follow the precise instructions given to her by Arif the Wise Man, The Queen of Hich-Hich gives birth to a half-boy. That Neem is able to make himself complete by an act of cleverness, negotiation, and compromise teaches children more than the expected, usual lesson of bravery.

“Shah’s adaptation of this traditional Sufi tale will encourage children to contemplate the meaning of psychological ‘wholeness’.” —Bookbird, A Journal of International Children’s Literature

“Neem the Half-Boy deals with the universal theme of being incomplete and having to overcome difficulties to find oneself. … [Neem] eventually becomes whole, not by resorting to violence, but through a combination of cleverness, persistence, and compromise.—Multicultural Perspectives: An Official Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education

“… rather than dwelling upon the meaning of the story, once it has been told, we follow it with the introduction of breathing techniques to lower stress and calm anxiety or anger – alternatives to breathing fire over people! In this way the children – and the teachers and parents – get to learn a useful stress management tool, while at the same time the pattern in the story is left alone to work its magic.” —Ezra Hewing, Head of Education at the mental-health charity Suffolk Mind in Suffolk, U.K.; and Kashfi Khan, who teaches English as an additional language at Hounslow Town Primary School in London

“The brightly colored, cheerful illustrations … express … upbeat peaceful messages.”

Niim le demi-garçon – édition bilingue anglais-français

Écrit par Idries Shah
Illustré par Midori Mori & Robert Revels
Traduction de Hélène Devèze, Sarah Tiefenauer-Linardon, Sarah Wenger
De 8 à 14 ans

ISBN: 978-1-946270-31-3 (broché) $11.90
36 pages

Parce qu’elle ne parvient pas à suivre les instructions précises que lui a données Arif le Sage, la reine de Hich-Hich donne naissance à un demi-garçon. Niim est en mesure de compléter son corps grâce à un acte d’intelligence et de négociation ainsi qu’à un compromis qui enseignent plus aux enfants que la leçon habituelle de bravoure.

« L’adaptation de ce conte soufi traditionnel par Idries Shah encourage les enfants à comprendre le concept d'”intégrité”. »
—Bookbird, A Journal of International Children’s Literature

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