It's time to go to market, so Nasreddine loads up the donkey and sets off with his father. But when onlookers criticize his father for riding while Nasreddine walks, the boy is ashamed. The following week, Nasreddine persuades his father to walk, and let him ride — but then people criticize the boy for making his father walk! No matter what Nasreddine tries, it seems that someone always finds something to disapprove of.
Nasreddine is a legendary character popular in stories told throughout the Middle East, and this clever story will bring him to a new audience. Accompanied by stunning artwork, this tale offers a gentle reminder to readers that it isn't always necessary to listen to the world's criticisms.
Odile Weulersse is a French author who has written numerous books for children, many of them focused on retelling old legends and stories for a young audience. The hardcover edition of Nasreddine received an Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society and was named an IBBY Honor Book for Translation. Odile lives in France and teaches film at the Sorbonne.
Rébecca Dautremer is a French illustrator who has brought many stories to life with her rich and whimsical art, including The Secret Lives of Princesses (Sterling) and Swing Café (The Secret Mountain). Visit her website at rebeccadautremer.com or follow her on Instagram @rebeccadautremer.
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