The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal [With CD] by Idries ShahThere are new editions ..The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal: English-Pashto Edition (Hoopoe Teaching-Stories) Paperback – 22 Feb 2017
by Idries Shah (Author), Rose Mary Santiago (Illustrator)
The Clever Boy and the Terrible Dangerous Animal: English-Dari Edition (Hoopoe Teaching-Stories) Paperback – 23 Mar 2017
Lovely story: such a nice boy and so helpful: should think very reassuring to children. There is a lightness and gaiety and a very funny description of how silly we are, one and all. What any child would love to read. Beautifully illustrated with blue blue skies stripes and checks and diamonds.
A clever boy wanted to explore further than his village and he asked his mother if he could explore into the next village.
‘Yes ‘ she said, ‘If you look both ways crossing the road.’
He did look both ways and got to the next village where a large number of people were gathered in a field. Turned out they were afraid of a terribly dangerous animal in the field.
The terribly clever boy had a look and saw it was a water melon.
Not a terrible dangerous animal he said and went up to it and cut himself a slice.
The people in the field were at first terrified. Then pleased he had killed the monster. Then terrified again because he had eaten it; and raw too. Ergo it wasn’t just a terribly dangerous animal, it was a terribly dangerous boy as well.
By the time the boy left, the people had stopped being afraid, become interested in what a melon might be and eventually were able to do something constructive, like grow melons eat melons, give melons away, sell melons and were much happier and a great deal less silly than they had been.
Celtics Players act out "The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal " at After-School Program
The Clever Boy and a Terrible, Dangerous Animal : English-Dari Edition
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Stars for setting This story is neat because it shows the fears of a whole town being crushed in one day because a little boy proves them otherwise. This story is a fantasy because of the giant watermelon as big as a house, but other than that it seems like a myth or legend because it starts with once upon a time, so maybe the huge watermelon was just an interpretation by the illustrator. Genre: Folk Tale Critique of Genre: This is an excellent example of a folk tale because the plot, setting, and character are all established within a few lines of the book. For example, the story starts with the words, "Once upon a time there was a very clever boy who lived in a village I really enjoyed this book. I like that it was in both English and Spanish and told an unusual story of a boy that shows his town that they don't have to be afraid of things that they are not used to.