THE KING AND THE THREE THIEVES by Kristen Balouch

THE KING AND THE THREE THIEVES

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A king with a magnificent moustache, his wise vizier, and three thieves with special powers swirl through this spirited book to relate a favorite Persian folktale. Balouch employs her distinctive paper-cut, collage-like illustrations, surrounding her characters in a garden of colorful confetti while retelling a morality play her husband heard from his parents as a child in Iran. The story begins with beloved King Abbas, ruler of Persia in the late 1500s, eating dinner alone one night, when suddenly his fish jumps off his plate. His trusted vizier deems it a sign from the hungry people in his kingdom, so the kind king dresses as a beggar, slips out of the palace with food in hand and finds three poor men. As the disguised king shares his food, the ragged men share their devious plan to rob the country’s ruler using their special powers. The newcomer confides his special power—if caught they will be freed with just a twitch of his majestic moustache. After the successful treasury raid the king orders his guards to arrest the three thieves, but is then reminded to keep his promise. He releases the thieves and invites them to live in the palace so they can use their powers to feed the hungry. “Power can be used for good or for evil,” advises the vizier. Best of all, the king’s table was always full and he was never lonely at dinner again. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-670-88059-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2000




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