Fatima the Spinner and the Tent: English-Spanish Edition

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  • By Idries Shah
    Illustrated by Natasha Delmar
    Ages: 8–14
    36 pages

    ISBN: 978-1-942698-31-9 (Paperback)
     

    This is the ninth book in the series of traditional stories for children retold by the author and educator Idries Shah. In this tale, Fatima’s life is beset with what seem to be disasters. Her journey leads her from Morocco to the Mediterranean, Egypt, Turkey and, finally, to China. It is in China that she realizes that what seemed at the time to be really unfortunate events, were an integral part of her eventual fulfillment.

    This teaching-story is well known in Greek folklore, but this version is attributed to Sheikh Mohamed Jamaludin of Adrianople (modern-day Edirne) in Turkey who died in 1750.  It was first published by Idries Shah in 1967 in his classic work Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters Over the Past Thousand Years.

    Young readers can make connections between what happens to Fatima and their own lives, and explore the deeper meanings of the concepts of misfortune, opportunity and ultimate happiness. Her story also provides an excellent opportunity to build children’s vocabulary and literacy skills while developing their appreciation for good literature.

    In the Sufi tradition, there is a continuum between the children’s story, the entertainment or folklore story and the instructional or instrumental story. A story can help children deal with difficult situations and give them something to hold on to. It can, at the same time, stimulate a deeper understanding in adults.

    “This fascinating tale will captivate young readers with its suspenseful plot. Older readers can make connections with their own lives and explore the deeper meanings of the concepts of misfortune, opportunity, and ultimate happiness. The detailed, colorful artwork of Natasha Delmar adds depth and richness to the story. With each reading, children and adults will find new details in the illustrations to appreciate and discuss. In addition, reading the book to and with children provides an excellent opportunity to build their vocabulary and literacy skills while developing their appreciation for good literature.”
    —Denise Nessel, Ph.D., Consultant and Director of Publications, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education
    “Designed for ages five and older, this book is an excellent example of a ‘Teaching-Story’ used to promote critical thinking through the power of an entertaining tale. Discussions about goal-setting, perseverance, and hard work will come naturally while reading this volume.”
    —KaaVonia Hinton, Ph.D., Foreword Reviews

    La hilandera Fátima y la carpa – edición inglés-español

    Por Idries Shah
    Ilustrado por Natasha Delmar
    Traducido por Rita Wirkala
    Edad sugerida: 8 a 14 años.

    ISBN: 978-1-942698-31-9 (tapa blanda) $9.99
    36 páginas

    La vida de Fátima es una serie de eventos aparentemente desastrosos. Su viaje la lleva desde Marruecos al Mediterráneo, Egipto, Turquía y, finalmente, a la China. Es en la China donde se da cuenta de que, aquellos sucesos que parecieron desafortunados en su momento, fueron una parte integral de su eventual éxito.

    Esta Historia de enseñanza es bien conocida en el folklore griego, pero esta versión se le atribuye al jeque Mohamed Jamaludin de Adrianópolis (actual Edirne) en Turquía, muerto en 1750.

    Natasha Delmar vive y trabaja en el área de la Bahía de San Francisco. Este es su segundo libro de esta serie, el primero es el best seller La señora y el águila.

    “Este fascinante cuento cautivará a los jóvenes lectores con su trama y suspenso. Los adultos   podrán encontrar ecos en sus propias vidas y explorar significados más profundos de los conceptos de desgracia, oportunidad y felicidad final. El arte colorido y detallado de Natasha Delmar añade profundidad y riqueza a la historia. Con cada lectura, niños y adultos apreciarán nuevos detalles para comentar en estas ilustraciones. Además, su lectura ofrece a los niños una excelente oportunidad para enriquecer su vocabulario y comunicación, y al mismo tiempo   desarrollar su aprecio por la buena literature. ”
    —Denise Nessel, Ph.D., Consultant and Director of Publications National Urban Alliance for Effective Education