THE FOOLISH MEN OF AGRA by Rina Singh

THE FOOLISH MEN OF AGRA

and Other Tales of Mogul India
adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Singh retells ten enchanting tales of ancient India and in doing so, presents a culture widely overlooked by many children in the US. In swift, clear language, readers are introduced to brief fables that don’t over-moralize. The Mogul emperor, Akbar, is enlightened by the tales of his clever friend and minister, Birbal. Whether Birbal is outsmarting his jealous enemies or saving Akbar from his own foolishness, the stories are consistently amusing, but also convey the loyalty and affection of the two friends. Zaman’s ornate illustrations perfectly convey the rich colors and culture of India through portraits of characters, snippets of scenes, and decorative chapter openers and closers. An informative introduction places all of the tales into historical perspective, and a helpful glossary concludes the collection, making it all the more accessible. (Folklore. 6-10)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1998
ISBN: 1-55013-771-9
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Firefly
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1998




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