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Nasreddine (edition 2013)

by Odile Weulersse, Rbecca Dautremer (Illustrator)

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Title:Nasreddine
Authors:Odile Weulersse
Other authors:Rbecca Dautremer (Illustrator)
Info:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2013), Hardcover, 32 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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A handsomely illustrated, fun tale about a wise fool taken from Middle Eastern folklore. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
This book was about a little boy that wanted to please everyone in the village. After trying so hard to please everyone and hush their comments, Nasreddine's father teaches him that people always find a way to criticize you but you just have to ignore it. This book was set in the Middle East, so it shows Turkish culture throughout the book. ( )
  sottallah | Feb 24, 2015 |
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Nesreddine has a traditional literature feel and carries the message to be unique and to avoid the desire to change themselves to please others. The book features a boy and his father. Their relationship is quite caring and supportive while delivering the main message, “You can’t be afraid that other people will judge you or make fun of you.”

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I enjoyed the story and the illustrations. The fact that the book is set in the Middle East makes it an especially exciting addition to my library as I procure international and multicultural literature.

Classroom Activities:
1. In the classroom, we can discuss unique talents and gifts of the children, emphasizing that we need those diverse talents to make our classroom better.
2. We can locate the Middle East on a map and discuss the setting of the story.
  StephanieWhite | May 9, 2014 |
Nasreddine is an excellent book with an insightful meaning. It describes the life of Nasreddine, a little boy from the Middle East, who is very worried about what people think of him. I really enjoyed the book because I felt like I was reading a parable. This is because the story has a very simple, yet powerful meaning just like the stories Jesus tells in the bible. All throughout the story Nasreddine is trying to appease the opinions of his peers by adjusting his behavior to fit their standards. Nasreddine’s father allows him to do this throughout the majority of the book. Nasreddine’s father is a very wise man who eventually enlightens his son on the dangers of listening to others instead of trusting yourself. Nasreddine’s father tells his son that people will always find a way to criticize him but that it is up to him to decide whether their criticism is wise or not. The story ends by Nasreddine saying “You can’t be afraid that other people will judge you or make fun of you.” These wise words are the “big idea” of the story. They tell children to not be afraid to be themselves and to ignore people who citizen them out of foolishness.
  MaryBethLingner | Sep 30, 2013 |
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I have a fondness for fables and folktales because they tend to be passed down for generations and offer up wise lessons for children. Nasreddine is a story that is said to have originated in Turkey and been spread throughout the Middle East and beyond. I first heard a version of it via my favorite storyteller, Josie Bailey. Her version was hysterical because she had the adults acting it out. It was also shorter because the entire story took place on one trip to the market rather than several.

This version was well-done but not as humorous. It was still quite good though. I particularly liked the illustrations with their soft earth tones and Middle Eastern flavor. The lesson learned about not listening to the criticisms of everyone is a good one. “You can’t be afraid that other people will judge you or make fun of you.” ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | May 28, 2013 |
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As Nasreddine and his father take dates, wool, chickens, or watermelon to market, people tease them no matter who is riding their donkey, and this causes Nasreddine embarrassment until his father helps him to understand.

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