The Farmers Wife
Author:Â Idries Shah; Illustrated by Rose Mary SantiagoÂ
Publisher:Â Hoopoe Books (2005)Â
Pages:Â 31Â Binding:Â PaperbackÂ
The cumulative tale of a womans efforts to retrieve an apple from a hole in the ground. Children will enjoy learning the highly predictable lines by heart. But when a surprise event changes the direction of the tale, their expectations will be jolted in a most amusing way, and they will have learned its valuable lessons about the nature of problem solving and discovery. Rose Mary Santiagoâ€™s striking illustrations evoke the storyâ€™s origins and, at the same time, add a uniquely playful atmosphere to this funny tale.
â€œIts pleasantly repetitive language makes it an ideal tool for developing reading readiness and beginning reading skills.â€ â€”Denise Nessel, Ph.D., National Urban Alliance for Effective Education â€œ... the folk art illustrations are boldly attractive ... striking pictures of golden hills, brilliant blue skies, and the womanâ€™s Middle Eastern dress ...â€ â€”School Library Journal
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