Teaching-Stories by Idries Shah

Girl reading The Old Woman and the Eagle
Little girl pointing at the cover of The Silly Chicken

Our publishing program began with a series of traditional children’s stories from Central Asia and the Middle East collected by the author and educator Idries Shah. There are now eleven beautifully illustrated titles in this series available in hardback, paperback and in eBook editions. They have been commended by Western educators and psychologists, the Library of Congress, National Public Radio and other media for their unique ability to foster social-emotional development, thinking skills and perception in children and adults alike.

“…a series of children’s books that have captivated the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. The books are tales from a rich tradition of story telling from Central Asia and the Middle East. Stories told and retold to children, by campfire and candlelight, for more than a thousand years. Through repeated readings, these stories provoke fresh insight and more flexible thought in children. Beautifully illustrated.” The Magazine of the National Education Association

“These Teaching-Stories can be experienced on many levels. A child may simply enjoy hearing them; an adult may analyze them in a more sophisticated way. Both may eventually benefit from the lessons within.”
 Lynn Neary All Things Considered,
 NPR News, Washington

Teaching Stories and the Brain

Speaking at the Library of Congress, leading psychologist Robert Ornstein gives a presentation on the effectiveness of the Teaching-Story in developing thinking skills and perceptions. His lecture includes a video version of 2 Hoopoe titles: Neem the Half-Boy and The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal.

“Educating the whole child is not a new idea. It is rooted in the writings and teachings of many ancient cultures. Yet, achieving the kind of balance that encourages all children to learn, work and contribute to their fullest potential has been a continuing challenge as our world has grown more complex and our communities more fragmented.”
  —Maurice J. Elias, “Academic and social emotional learning,” Educational Practices Series-11, International Academy of Education (Brussels) & International Bureau Education (Geneva), 2003.

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