The Three Princes of Serendip: New Tellings of Old Tales for Everyone (Hardcover)

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By Rodaan Al Galidi, Geertje Aalders (Illustrator)


This feast of Middle Eastern folklore from an award-winning Iraqi storyteller is paired with vibrant cut-paper art.

The twenty fables and folktales in this illustrated storybook have taken a long journey. Many have roots that stretch across Europe, Asia, and Africa, but when award-winning writer and gatherer of tales Rodaan Al Galidi learned them in his homeland of Iraq, it was as Arabic folktales and as part of the Arabic storytelling tradition. When he migrated to the Netherlands, he shaped twenty of those tales into his debut book for children, which was translated to English by Laura Watkinson. Filled with wisdom about love and acceptance, and warnings against folly, these elegantly translated stories—many unknown in the United States—of donkeys and roosters, kings, sheikhs, and paupers are exquisitely illustrated by cut-paper artist Geertje Aalders. Beautifully packaged, The Three Princes of Serendip is a rich and varied introduction to the world of Middle Eastern folklore.

About the Author

Rodaan Al Galidi is an award-winning author of poetry and novels for adults. The Three Princes of Serendip is his first book for children. He lives in the Netherlands.

Laura Watkinson is an award-winning translator who lives in Amsterdam.

Geertje Aalders is an acclaimed Dutch artist who uses a cut-paper technique. She lives in Kampen, Netherlands.

Praise For…

Aalders’ vivid, brilliantly colored cut-paper illustrations present insects and vegetables with the same loving level of detail as scenes of the Euphrates, palaces, and expansive deserts. . . . Short, witty, and direct, these tales make perfect short bedtime reads or interludes during the day. Pithy tellings accompanied by sumptuous illustrations make for a delightful collection.
—Kirkus Reviews

Short and pithy, often humorous, and occasionally poignant. . . . will prompt discussion about different versions of folktales and the role of immigration in spreading and altering stories.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781536214505
ISBN-10: 1536214507
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: December 28th, 2021
Pages: 136
Language: English