Mina Javaherbin's charming and witty retelling combined with Eugene Yelchin's refreshingly brilliant illustrations bring this enlightened classic, inspired by Rumi's poem, vividly to life.
The book should provide opportunities for rich discussions about perception and about advocating for what you believe to be true.
School Library Journal
The story is told simply but with a meaningful impact. Young readers and teachers who enjoy folktales with an entertaining moral will appreciate this story’s message.
Taking cues from Persian miniatures, Yelchin creates a rowdy, bickering cast of villagers in turbans and vividly patterned garments, successfully playing up the story’s comedic clashes.
- Named 2016 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year List
- Translated into Japanese