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A Donkey Reads

Adapted from a Turkish Folktale

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Description

This digital edition includes an optional read aloud and highlighted word feature.
A fanciful adaptation of a Turkish folktale that tells the story of a poor villager, a donkey, and wise man whose clever plan outwits a tyrannical Mongol ruler.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 28, 2011 – Mustafo, a poor Anatolian villager, has to find something to give the new Mongol leader, who demands tribute. A broken-down donkey is all he has, and he knows he'll get beaten for such a pitiful offering. But Nasreddin Hoca, the village wise man, interrupts the leader's tirade: "I believe that I can teach him to read," Nasreddin says. Nasreddin delivers on his promise, too. His donkey-training secret (barley between the pages to get the donkey to turn the pages with his tongue) is revealed to readers, who will thoroughly enjoy watching the Mongol leader get his comeuppance. Portuguese artist Letria paints figures in a naïf, folk-art style nicely suited to this traditional story; their movements are puppetlike, yet their expressions are convincing, even moving. Full-bleed spreads alternate with entertaining spot illustrations of rows of villagers or miniatures of their offerings to the Mongol leaders: "a huge bag of grain, a fat rooster, a basket of apricots." Mandell's (the No-Sweat Science series) retelling is a fine introduction to the dozens of tales about Nasreddin, the legendary 13th-century wise man. Ages 5–8.

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A Donkey Reads
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  • $4.99
  • Level: Grades K-3
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
  • Published: Feb 21, 2010
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books
  • Seller: Star Bright books
  • Print Length: 32 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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