Neem the Half-Boy – English-Pashto Edition

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By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Midori Mori and Robert Revels
Translated by Palwasha Bazger Salam
Ages: 8–14

ISBN: 978-1-944493-60-8 (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. How this happens and how Prince Neem, the half-boy, becomes whole is a story that has been told and retold in Central Asia and the Middle East for more than a thousand years.

This story is specially presented here for children by the author and educator Idries Shah, who, for more than 30 years, collected traditional stories from oral and written sources throughout the region.

“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.”

 نیم هلک انګیسي پښتو چاپ

لیکونکی: ادریس شاه
انځورګر: میدوری موری او رابرت ریوالز
ژباړ او ترتیب: پلوشه بزگر سلام

عمرونه: ۸ – ۱۴

$11.90 ‎‎(کاغذي پوښ) ISBN:978-1-944493-60-8

۳۶ صفحی/ پاڼی

له دې امله چې هغې ونه شول کولای د هوښيار سړي عارف لخوا په ورکړل شويو سمو لارښوونو عمل وکړي، د هيچ-هيچ ملکې د نيم بدن هلک وزيږولو. دا پېښه څنګه رامنځته کيږي او څه ډول نيم هلک شهزاده نعيم پوره او روغيږي، دا هغه کيسه ده چې له زرو کلونو زياته موده وشوه په مرکزي اسيا او منځني ختيځ کې ويل شوې او بيا ويل شوې.

په دې ځای کې دا کيسه په خاص ډول ماشومانو ته د ليکوال او ښوونکي ادريس شاه لخوا وړاندې کيږي، چا چې له ۳۰ کلونو زياته موده کې د سيمې دوديزې کيسې له خلو/وينا او ليکل شويو سرچينو څخه راټولې کړي دي.

”د (ادريس) شاه لخوا د دې رواجي صوفي کيسې خپلول به ماشومان وهڅوي چې پر رواني ’پوروالي‘ فکر وکړي.“

– Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature

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د ګوتو نانځکو جوړولو لپاره ګام پر ګام لارښوونی (پی ډی ایف): نیم هلک
د کاغذي پاکټونو/خلتو نانځکو جوړولو لپاره ګام پر ګام لارښوونی (پی ډی ایف): نیم هلک
د ليمڅي لوبغاړو جوړولو لپاره ګام پر ګام لارښوونی (پي ډي ايف): نیم هلک

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