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The Old Woman and The Eagle – English-Arabic Edition

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By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Natasha Delmar
Translated by Rasha Al-Aqeedi
Ages: 3–11

ISBN: 978-1-946270-26-9 (paperback) $9.99
32 pages

In this amusing story, an old woman encounters an eagle for the first time. Perplexed by its unfamiliar appearance, she decides to change it to suit her own ideas of what a bird should look like. Her efforts mirror a common pattern of human thought: altering the unfamiliar to make it acceptable.

This tale is specially presented for children by the author and educator Idries Shah, who, for more than 30 years, collected stories from the Sufi tradition from oral and written sources. Told since ancient times throughout Central Asia and the Middle East, such tales are used to help foster greater mental flexibility and insight in people of all ages.

“Out of Afghanistan comes this simple Sufi folk story collected by the late, noted Afghan author. In this gloriously illustrated tale, an old woman grooms an eagle to represent what she thinks is a pigeon—the only type of bird with which she is familiar. … Delmar’s paintings are beautiful and realistic. The side panels with detailed borders reflect elements of the tale and foreshadow events or reflect the elegant setting. … the classic story, packaged in an elegant design, will be a good addition to every collection.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Natasha Delmar’s eye-catching color illustrations add a special touch to this wonderful story about learning to be open to new sights and things.” Midwest Book Review

“A fine story of how not to change others … very highly recommended picturebook story.”—⁠Children’s Bookwatch: The Picturebook Shelf

​العجوز والعُقاب – الطّبعة الإنجليزية-العربية

تأليف: إدريس شاه
رسومات: نتاشا ديلمار
ترجمة: رشا العقيدي
11–3 أعمار من

$9.99 (كتاب ورقي الغلاف) ISBN: 978-1-946270-26-9
صفحة 32

في‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬القصّة‭ ‬الممتعة‭ ‬تقابل‭ ‬عجوزٌ‭ ‬أحد‭ ‬العقبان‭ ‬لأول‭ ‬مرّة‭ ‬في‭ ‬حياتها‭ .‬كان‭ ‬مظهر‭ ‬العُقاب‭ ‬غريباً‭ ‬عليها‭ ‬لذا‭ ‬قررّت‭ ‬تغيير‭ ‬شكل‭ ‬العُقاب‭ ‬لكي‭ ‬يتلائم‭ ‬مع‭ ‬مفهومها‭ ‬الخاص‭ ‬عن‭ ‬شكل‭ ‬الطائر‭ .‬إنّ‭ ‬تصرّف‭ ‬العجوز‭ ‬يتوافق‭ ‬مع‭ ‬مبدأ‭ ‬يتبعهُ‭ ‬الكثير‭ ‬من‭ ‬الناس‭ :‬تغيير‭ ‬غير‭ ‬المألوف‭ ‬لجعلهِ‭ ‬مقبولاً‭. ‬

يمكننا قراءة نسخة من هذه القصّة في كتاب «المثنوي» للشاعر الأفغاني المعروف جلال الدين الرومي والذي رحل قبل سبعمائة سنة. هذه النسخة الخاصة بالأطفال قام بكتابتها إدريس شاه. وقد جمع ادريس شاه هذه الحكايا على مدى ثلاثين عاما من مصادر محكية من تراث الشرق الأوسط واسيا الوسطى.

«من أفغانستان .. هذه القصة الكلاسيكية تم تغليفها و بشكل انيق سوف تكون اضافة رائعة لمجموعة.»
Kirkus Reviews

«قصة رائعة حول ان تكون متقبل للآراء المختلفة.»
—⁠Children’s Bookwatch: The Picturebook Shelf

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