The Man and the Fox – English-Pashto Edition

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By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Sally Mallam
Ages: 3–8

ISBN: 978-1-944493-58-5 (paperback) $9.99
36 pages

A man tricks a young fox into believing that he will give it a chicken. The fox gets trapped but, through its ingenuity and perseverance, manages to escape. This story, which belongs to our rich and ancient storytelling tradition, is presented here as one of a series of illustrated books for the young, retold by the educator Idries Shah.

These tales were designed to foster thinking skills and perception. The story of the fox suggests ways of looking at difficulties and problems that can inspire children to face such challenges and to overcome them.

“As a teaching story, the tale entertains, reinforces literacy and thinking skills, and sets the stage for deeper reflection on what led to the fox’s imprisonment and what he had to do to escape. Sally Mallam’s lively illustrations are suggestive of the layers of meaning contained in the story: her renderings of the man and the fox are sure to delight young readers, and if they look closely they’ll find a second ‘story’ in the margins!”
—Denise Nessel, Ph.D., Consultant and Director of Publications
National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

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