The Three Princes of Serendip: New Tellings of Old Tales for Everyone

By Rodaan Al Galidi
Illustrated by Geertje Aalders

This feast of Middle Eastern folklore from an award-winning Iraqi storyteller is paired with vibrant cut-paper art.

The twenty fables and folktales in this illustrated storybook have taken a long journey. Many have roots that stretch across Europe, Asia, and Africa, but when award-winning writer and gatherer of tales Rodaan Al Galidi learned them in his homeland of Iraq, it was as Arabic folktales and as part of the Arabic storytelling tradition. When he migrated to the Netherlands, he shaped twenty of those tales into his debut book for children, which was translated to English by Laura Watkinson. Filled with wisdom about love and acceptance, and warnings against folly, these elegantly translated stories—many unknown in the United States—of donkeys and roosters, kings, sheikhs, and paupers are exquisitely illustrated by cut-paper artist Geertje Aalders. Beautifully packaged, The Three Princes of Serendip is a rich and varied introduction to the world of Middle Eastern folklore.

  • Author Rodaan Al Galidi, an award-winning Dutch writer, presents stories from his Iraqi childhood in this beautiful and outstanding collection, translated by Laura Watkinson
  • Vividly colored and exquisitely crafted cut paper art work from Geertje Aalders perfectly highlights each story
  • A buy-in from Gottmer Publishing in the Netherlands, this volume will introduce young readers to a dynamic and essential folktale collection

About the author

Rodaan Al Galidi is an award-winning author of poetry and novels for adults. The Three Princes of Serendip is his first book for children. He lives in the Netherlands. Laura Watkinson is an award-winning translator who lives in Amsterdam.

About the illustrator

Geertje Aalders is an acclaimed Dutch artist who uses a cut-paper technique. She lives in Kampen, Netherlands.

ISBN: 9781536214505
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: November 3, 2021
Dimensions: 194 x 235mm, 136pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $37.99
New Zealand RRP: $39.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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