The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal

Dari–Pashto Edition

By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Rose Mary Santiago
Ages: 3–8
ISBN: 978-1-942698-38-8
Paperback: 34 pages

When a boy visits another village, he is amazed to find the townspeople terrified of something that—just because they have not seen it before—they mistake for a terrible, dangerous animal. With his own knowledge and by demonstration, he helps them overcome their fears.

Rose Mary Santiago’s illustrations accentuate the surprise in this story in a clever way that will delight youngsters. This is the second book in this series illustrated by her, following the award-winning best seller, The Farmer’s Wife.

Chosen by the Library of Congress for their 2002 children’s holiday program.

“This entertaining folktale is part of an oral tradition from the Middle East and Central Asia. … The colorful and humorously rendered illustrations bring this story to life. A great choice for anyone looking for a fun folktale with a positive message.”School Library Journal

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