FORTUNE by Diane Stanley


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A poor peasant makes good with a tiger named Fortune in this exotic original tale of Persian enchantment. Omar has no assets beyond the money in his purse when he heads to market to pursue a living. Should he find a way to sustain a wife, he plans to return to his farm and his childhood friend and betrothed, Sunny. His one purchase is a sad-eyed, dancing tiger; with the tiger to exhibit, Omar travels from village to village and becomes wealthy. In search of a woman worthier of his fortune than Sunny, Omar finds a princess, but she mourns her own lost love. After Omar unintentionally restores her to happiness, he gets another chance with Sunny, bringing this deft story to a gratifying close. Stanley continues to defy categorization with her art. Here, her ornately studied illustrations pay tribute to oriental miniatures of the past. Ablaze with color, intricate geometric shapes and lavish adornment of the page provide striking accompaniment to each twist of the tale, right down to that happy ending. Folk-tale fans, welcome.

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Morrow