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The Silly Chicken – English-Pashto Edition

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By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Jeff Jackson
Translated by Parween Pazhwak and Hozhaber Shinwary
Ages: 3–8

ISBN: 978-1-944493-63-9 (paperback) $11.90
32 pages

The Silly Chicken is a delightful tale of a chicken who learns to speak as we do. What follows will intrigue young children and, at the same time, alert them in a very amusing way to the dangers of being too gullible.

It is one of the many hundreds of traditional stories collected by Idries Shah from oral and written sources throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. For more than a thousand years this story has entertained young people and helped to foster in them the ability to examine their assumptions and to think for themselves.

“…this quirky, good-natured fable, with bright, aptly comical pictures, ably illustrates the maxim, it’s important not to believe everything you hear.” Booklist
“Set in the Middle East, Shah’s retelling of a Sufi story sends a gentle message to readers: just because someone says it’s so, does not make it so…With its simple language and repeating phrases, the story begs to be told, and Jackson’s colorful pastel illustrations lend a zany accent to the antics. It’s a classic case of ‘the sky is falling’ from an ancient culture, and it still has the ring of truth today” School Library Journal
“In this story, a talking chicken creates anxiety and disorder in a community until people realize that just because a bird can speak, marvelous though that may be, it doesn’t mean the bird knows what it’s talking about. Like other stories of its kind, this one uses the ancient Eastern technique of attributing common foibles to foolish characters, gently allowing readers to recognize their own gullibility … it helps children to develop the habit of critical thinking.” Denise Nessel, Ph.D., Senior Consultant with the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (U.S.), writing in Library Media Connection: The Professional Magazine for School Library Media Specialists
“… a humorous tale that will intrigue young children and alert them to the dangers of being too gullible.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature

مسخره چرګ انګیسي پښتو چاپ

لیکونکی: ادریس شاه
انځورګر: جف جکسن
ژباړ او ترتیب: پروین پژواک، هژبر شینواری
عمرونه ۳ – ۸

$11.90 ‎‎(کاغذي پوښ) ISBN : 978-1-944493-63-9

۳۲ صفحی/ پاڼی

مسخره چرګ د یو چرګ په زړه پوري کيسه ده چي زموږ او تاسي په څیر خبري زده کوي. هغه څه چې له دې وروسته په کیسه کې راځي ماشومانو بوږنوي او په عین وخت کې هغوی په یوه ډیره خندوونکي توګه د ډېري خوښ باوري له خطر څخه خبروي.

دا له سلګونو هغه وګړیزو کیسو څخه یوه ده چې افغان لیکوال ادریس شاه د افغانستان او شاوخوا سیمو له ژبنیزو او لیکلو سرچینو څخه راټولي کړي دي. زیات له زر کاله راپدې خوا دې کیسې ځوانان بوخت کړي او په هغوی کې یې د فرضیاتو د ارزونې او مستقل فکر کولو وړتیا ته وده کړې ده.

“د (ادريس) شاه د صوفي کيسې بیا بيانول لوستونکو ته ظريفه پيغام ليږي: ځکه چې يو څوک يې وايي هماغسې کيږي نه… له خپلی ساده ژبی او تکراري جملو سره، کيسه پر بيانولو ارزي”

– School Library Journal

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