THE MAN WITH BAD MANNERS by Idries Shah

THE MAN WITH BAD MANNERS

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Age Range: 6 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

This wry but heavily stylized folktale may amuse young readers, but it’s not going to convince them of anything. When an oppressively rude, slovenly villager leaves on a brief trip, his annoyed neighbors scurry to replant his fields and paint his house a different color in an effort to make him think that he’s in the wrong town when he comes back. The stratagem works; so confused is he that he promises to change his ways if someone will point him toward his real home—whereupon the villagers describe what they’ve done, and set it all back to rights. Santiago transplants the tale from its original, unspecified Middle Eastern setting to a contemporary European or American town, inhabited by a physically diverse cast of mildly annoyed-looking neatniks. This may spark some discussion about conforming to community standards, but it makes a better noodlehead story than teaching tale. No source note. (Picture book folktale. 6-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-883536-30-8
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2003