Book Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

Pages: 160

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781566563123

Series: International Folk Tales Series

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Editor: Kate W. Harris

Illustrated by: Elnour Hamad

Illustrations: b&w illus.

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The Clever Sheikh of the Butana and Other Stories

Sudanese Folk Tales

By • Illustrated by Elnour Hamad

$ 15

“This collection of Sudanese folk tales, as compelling and imaginative as The 1001 Arabian Nights, will entrance readers. The stories bring the culture and customs of Sudan to life. Ali Lufti Abdallah heard these tales- featuring talking animals, buried treasure, evil spirits called Rhools, beautiful maidens and brave, handsome young men who carry out heroic deeds to save themselves and their families from often gruesome ends- when he was growing up in a town on the White Nile. Each tale offers a ‘lesson’ at the end that will encourage even the youngest readers to keep turning the pages. Western readers will have fun discovering the parallels between these stories and folktales they already know.” – Saudi Aramco World

About this book

Sudan, the largest country on the vast African continent, barely hovers on the edges of Western awareness. But hidden away is a sonorous ancient culture, passed on through generations of storytellers and oral historians, through songs and a rich tradition of folk tales.

Ali Lutfi spent his childhood on Sudan's White Nile listening to the stories of servant women and others descended from slaves. The legends and tales of these grandmothers were told over and over again to Ali and his brothers and sisters as they ate dinner and drifted into sleep. To read these stories in English, sixty years later, is to open a window to a different world, a Sudanese child's world shaped by deceitful wolves and wicked brothers, by magic jars and enchanted trees, by camelback journeys and by the life-giving waters of the Blue and White Niles.

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About the authors

Ali Lutfi was born in Rufaa and educated in Bakhtarruda on the White Nile and Britain. He has spent his life teaching in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the United States.

Kate Harris was born in New York City and educated in California and upstate New York. She works as an editor in Atlanta.

Elnour Hamad was born in Sudan. He works as a painter, illustrator, and an editorial cartoonist in Illinois.

Reviews

“This collection of Sudanese folk tales, as compelling and imaginative as The 1001 Arabian Nights, will entrance readers. The stories bring the culture and customs of Sudan to life. Ali Lufti Abdallah heard these tales- featuring talking animals, buried treasure, evil spirits called Rhools, beautiful maidens and brave, handsome young men who carry out heroic deeds to save themselves and their families from often gruesome ends- when he was growing up in a town on the White Nile. Each tale offers a ‘lesson’ at the end that will encourage even the youngest readers to keep turning the pages. Western readers will have fun discovering the parallels between these stories and folktales they already know.” – Saudi Aramco World

About the Author

Kate Harris was born in New York City and educated in California and upstate New York. She works as an editor in Atlanta.

Elnour Hamad was born in Sudan. He works as a painter, illustrator, and an editorial cartoonist in Illinois.

Additional information

Author

Lutfi, Ali

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

160

Type

PB

Illustrator

Hamad, Elnour

Illustrations

b&w illus.

Editor

Harris , Kate W.

Author Home

Sudan

Subtitle

Sudanese Folk Tales

Format

5 1/2"å x 8 1/2"å

Reviews

"This collection of Sudanese folk tales , as compelling and imaginative as The 1001 Arabian Nights , will entrance readers. The stories bring the culture and customs of Sudan to life. Ali Lufti Abdallah heard these tales- featuring talking animals , buried treasure , evil spirits called Rhools , beautiful maidens and brave , handsome young men who carry out heroic deeds to save themselves and their families from often gruesome ends- when he was growing up in a town on the White Nile. Each tale offers a 'lesson' at the end that will encourage even the youngest readers to keep turning the pages. Western readers will have fun discovering the parallels between these stories and folktales they already know."å – Saudi Aramco World

MainReview

"This collection of Sudanese folk tales, as compelling and imaginative as The 1001 Arabian Nights, will entrance readers. The stories bring the culture and customs of Sudan to life. Ali Lufti Abdallah heard these tales- featuring talking animals, buried treasure, evil spirits called Rhools, beautiful maidens and brave, handsome young men who carry out heroic deeds to save themselves and their families from often gruesome ends- when he was growing up in a town on the White Nile. Each tale offers a 'lesson' at the end that will encourage even the youngest readers to keep turning the pages. Western readers will have fun discovering the parallels between these stories and folktales they already know."å – Saudi Aramco World