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The Resource Genies, meanies, and magic rings : three tales from the Arabian nights, retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrations by Tom Pohrt

Genies, meanies, and magic rings : three tales from the Arabian nights, retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrations by Tom Pohrt

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Genies, meanies, and magic rings : three tales from the Arabian nights
Title
Genies, meanies, and magic rings
Title remainder
three tales from the Arabian nights
Statement of responsibility
retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrations by Tom Pohrt
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Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A retelling of three tales from the "Arabian Nights" --"Ali Baba and the 40 thieves," "Abu Keer and Abu Seer," and "Aladdin and the magic lamp."
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Review
  • Gr 4–6— This collection contains "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," and the lesser known "Abu Keer and Abu Seer." The latter is about two friends, one who is kind and honest, the other who is selfish and deceitful, each of whom gets exactly what he deserves. The retellings are lengthy but tension builds successfully even for those familiar with the stories. Appealing pen-and-ink drawings are sprinkled throughout. Mitchell captures the elements of more mature versions including much of the grisliness (e.g., one of the 40 thieves getting boiled in oil in an urn). The colloquial tone, however, is at odds with the exotic setting and becomes tiresome. Abu Keer "toots his own horn," the thief captain notes that things are taken "right from under our noses," a job "sounds too fishy," and Abu Seer's wealth is shared "on the house" and so on (and on). With that caveat aside, this is a handy collection that is accessible to the target audience. An author's note details sources cited as well as a brief history of the tales.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library --Maria B. Salvadore (Reviewed October 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 10, p180)
  • /* Starred Review */ The creators of The Wishing Bone: and Other Poems (2003) offer two gently massaged chestnuts and a lesser-known bonbon from various versions of Arabian Nights. Sandwiched by "Ali Baba" and a full rendition of "Aladdin," Mitchell's retelling of "Abu Keer and Abu Seer"—which he suggests from internal evidence is "the most modern of all the tales"—puts a scheming Egyptian dyer and a kindly, forgiving barber through several sudden and severe reversals of fortune. Though he does slip in the occasional anachronistic touch, such as a feast in "Aladdin" that includes "crystal bowls filled with pistachio, almond, cherry-chocolate, and mocha-chip ice cream," most of Mitchell's additions to the three stories are seamless. And he tells each tale in a fluid prose that is divided into short chapters and largely free of the usual heavy-handed ornamental flourishes. Following Mitchell's (and Sir Richard Burton's) lead, Pohrt gives Aladdin Chinese features in his finely detailed illustrations, and endows all of his figures, even the genies, with distinct, animated personalities. Rich in danger, intrigue and astonishing acts of largesse, these celebrations of loyalty, courage and generosity are as entertaining as they are edifying. (extensive source notes) (Folktales. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
206259
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DLC
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Arabian nights
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mitchell, Stephen
Dewey number
398.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Pohrt, Tom
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Fairy tales
  • Arabs
  • Folklore
  • Fairy tales
  • Arabs
  • Folklore
Target audience
pre adolescent
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three tales from the Arabian nights
Label
Genies, meanies, and magic rings : three tales from the Arabian nights, retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrations by Tom Pohrt
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ali Baba and the 40 thieves
  • Abu Keer and Abu Seer
  • Aladdin and the magic lamp
Control code
655496
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9780802796394
Lccn
2006027620
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802796394
  • (OCoLC)71350294
Label
Genies, meanies, and magic rings : three tales from the Arabian nights, retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrations by Tom Pohrt
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ali Baba and the 40 thieves
  • Abu Keer and Abu Seer
  • Aladdin and the magic lamp
Control code
655496
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9780802796394
Lccn
2006027620
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802796394
  • (OCoLC)71350294

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