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Ages 4 - 9
Lexile: AD680L
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/4/2013
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5416-2
Price: $ 17.00
34 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 9.5 x 11.75
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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.

Read a review of the book by Rachel Bomberger on EerdWord.


Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College Paterson Poetry Prize Honor Book (2014)

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing List (2013)

Fuse #8 100 Magnificent Children’s Books List (2013) 

California Reading Association Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award Silver Winner (2013)

American Folklore Society Aesop Accolade (2013)

2014 Paterson Prize Honor Book

Young Children
"Features the kind of cleverness and complex characters that make children's literature so worthwhile."
Publishers Weekly
"Dautremer's evocative spreads of Middle Eastern marketplace life lend a meditative air to French author Weulersse's version of an ancient tale."
The Wall Street Journal
"Nasreddine captures the age-old struggle to understand where wisdom lies, a process leavened here by Rebecca Dautremer's distinctive and textured comic illustration. . . . Delivered with humor and warmth, it is a lesson that not only children will appreciate."
Montreal Gazette
"Once in a while a book comes along that still manages to share a valuable lesson. Nasreddine is such a one."
The Horn Book Magazine
"An entertaining variant on a familiar tale."
School Library Journal
"A fine addition for most children's collections."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Nasreddine's adventures are likely to spark some thoughtful discussion among kids."