The Magic Horse: English-Dari Edition (Paperback)

The Magic Horse: English-Dari Edition By Idries Shah, Julie Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Magic Horse: English-Dari Edition (Paperback)

By Idries Shah, Julie Freeman (Illustrator)


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(Bilingual English-Dari edition) This is the story of two brothers: one skilled in the practical arts and the other, Prince Tambal, considered by most people to be only a dreamer. Their father, the king, announces a competition to produce "interesting and useful devices." The entry produced by a woodcarver appears to be only a simple wooden horse of little value, but when Tambal looks more closely, he discovers that it's able to magically travel to whatever place is in its rider's mind. With the help of this magic horse, Tambal comes to learn a great many things and, eventually, to know his heart's desire. Julie Freeman's beautiful illustrations capture the magic of this tale, with the images and text inset in rich borders of oriental patterns. The Magic Horse is one of an illustrated series of Sufi teaching stories from the Middle East and Central Asia that were collected and adapted for children by Idries Shah, and that 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. 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, but it can also stimulate a deeper understanding in adults. Through the instrumental function of this rich body of material, readers of all ages can learn to develop the capacity to be more flexible and to understand many more things about themselves and about life.

Product Details ISBN: 9781946270146
ISBN-10: 1946270148
Publisher: Hoopoe Books
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: Hoopoe Teaching-Stories