The Man with Bad Manners

Dari–Pashto Edition

By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Rose Mary Santiago
Ages: 3–8

ISBN: 978-1-949358-96-4 (paperback) $11.90
32 pages

The first of these Afghan tales to be set in the West, this story is about a badly behaved man and how a young boy initiates a plan to change his behavior and, with the help of all the villagers, succeeds. It will bring laughter to young children and at the same time teach them valuable lessons about conflict resolution, initiative and cooperation.

Rose Mary Santiago’s illustrations provide delightful and amusing counterpoint to the story. This is the third book she has illustrated in this series.


(Illustrator Rose Mary Santiago’s) delightfully childlike figures, with their comically exaggerated expressions, are perfectly cast to carry out this story’s message of peaceful conflict resolution.School Library Journal

“A young boy decides to reform an ill-mannered neighbor and finds in himself a newfound skill for resolving conflicts in this warm, inviting story of resolution.” —Children’s Bookwatch

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