A lushly illustrated, fanciful adaptation of a Turkish folktale tells the story of a poor villager named Mustafo, who must give a gift of tribute to his tyrannical Mongol ruler. When he presents his old donkey, which is all he has, the Mongol is furious and threatens death. But Nasreddin Hoca, the wiseman, assures the Mongol this donkey is no ordinary beast, and he will soon teach it to read. By a clever plan he saves Mustafo and outwits the Mongol, demonstrating that indeed the donkey can read.
Using ordinal numbers, vocabulary development, awareness of diversity, introduction to different cultures
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.
- Publishers Weekly