The Old Woman and the Eagle - La señora y el águi by Idries ShahThe Old Woman and the Eagle - La señora y el águi by Idries Shah

The Old Woman and the Eagle - La señora y el águi

byIdries ShahIllustratorDelmar NatashaTranslated byWirkala Rita

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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In this amusing story, an old woman encounters an eagle for the first time. Perplexed by its unfamiliar appearance, she decides to change it to suit her own ideas of what a bird should look like. Her efforts mirror a common pattern of human thought: altering the unfamiliar to make it acceptable. This tale is specially presented for children by Afghan author Idries Shah, who, for more than 30 years, collected stories from the Sufi tradition and adapted them to contemporary Western culture. Told since ancient times throughout Central Asia and the Middle East, such tales are used to help foster greater mental flexibility and insight in people of all ages.


En esta divertida historia, una señora ve un águila por primera vez. Perpleja por su apariencia, que le parece extraña, decide cambiarla para que se ajuste a sus propias ideas de cómo debería ser un pájaro. Sus esfuerzos representan un padrón común de la psicología humana: alterar lo desconocido para hacerlo aceptable. Este cuento es reelaborado especialmente para niños por el autor afgano Idries Shah, quien, por más de 30 años, recogió historias de la tradición Sufi y las adaptó a la cultura occidental contemporánea. Narrados desde tiempos remotos a través de Afganistán, Asia Central y el Medio Oriente, estos cuentos son usados por los Sufis para omentar una mayor flexibilidad mental y comprensión entre gente de todas las edades.


Title:The Old Woman and the Eagle - La señora y el águiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.11 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Institute for Study of Human KnowledgeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942698208

ISBN - 13:9781942698203


Editorial Reviews

"Out of Afghanistan comes this simple Sufi folk story collected by the late, noted Afghan author. In this gloriously illustrated tale, an old woman grooms an eagle to represent what she thinks is a pigeon-the only type of bird with which she is familiar. ... Delmar's paintings are beautiful and realistic. The side panels with detailed borders reflect elements of the tale and foreshadow events or reflect the elegant setting. ... the classic story, packaged in an elegant design, will be a good addition to every collection."-Kirkus Reviews"Natasha Delmar's eye-catching color illustrations add a special touch to this wonderful story about learning to be open to new sights and things."-Midwest Book Review"A fine story of how not to change others ... very highly recommended picturebook story."-Children's Bookwatch The Picturebook Shelf