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) $9.99
32 pages

The Silly Chicken is a delightful tale of a chicken who learns to speak as we do. It is one of the many hundreds of traditional stories collected by Idries Shah from oral and written sources throughout this region. 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.

“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.” —School Library Journal
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