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The Boy Without a Name: English-Dari Edition
Contributor(s): Shah, Idries (Author), Caron, Mona (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1946270091     ISBN-13: 9781946270092
Publisher: Hoopoe Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2017

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: E
Age Level: 5-12
Grade Level: Kindergarten-7
Series: Hoopoe Teaching-Stories
Physical Information: 0.11" H x 8.5" W x 11" (0.33 lbs) 40 pages
- Cultural Region - Middle East
Features: Ikids, Illustrated
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 68559
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Publisher Description:

On the day a boy is born, his parents are visited by a wise man who says, "This is a very, very important boy, and I'm going to give him something marvelous one day, but I will have to give him his name first. So please don't give him a name yet." So, they name him Benaam, which means Nameless. The story tells how the boy seeks, and eventually finds his own name - and also gives away an old dream he doesn't want - for a wonderful new dream.

This book is one of a series of illustrated Teaching-Stories by Idries Shah, stories which have captivated hearts and minds for more than a thousand years. The stories are designed to help children learn to examine their assumptions and to think for themselves. Among the many insights this story gives children is the idea that it takes patience and resolve to achieve one's goals in life.

Mona Caron's beautiful illustrations embellish this unusual and captivating story, presenting the wonder of this hidden world to both children and adults.

Contributor Bio(s): Shah, Idries: - Idries Shah spent much of his life collecting Sufi classical narratives and teaching stories from oral and written sources in the Middle East and Central Asia and publishing them in book form. The eleven tales he wrote especially for children are published by Hoopoe as beautifully illustrated books, all of which have been commended by Western educators and psychologists, the Library of Congress, National Public Radio and other media for their unique ability to foster social-emotional development, thinking skills and perception in children and adults alike. Told for centuries, these stories express universal themes and a positive representation of important but often misunderstood cultures, showing how much we have in common and what we can learn from each other. They acknowledge a child's individuality and uniqueness and encourage a sense of confidence, responsibility and purpose.
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