Joha Makes A Wish

Joha Makes A Wish

A Middle Eastern Tale

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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An original story, based on the Joha tales of the Arabic-speaking world, in which a hapless man finds a wishing stick that brings him nothing but bad luck. Includes an author's note about the history of Joha tales.
Publisher: Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish Children, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780761455998
Branch Call Number: KIMME
Characteristics: [38] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rayyan, Omar

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 11, 2014

However you want to pair it or read it, Joha Makes a Wish is one of those picture books that remind you why we love folktales so much in the first place. A visual stunner coupled with a fantastic bit of storytelling, this one’s a winner. People of the world, take note.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 11, 2014

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 11, 2014

On a trip to Baghdad our hero Joha attempts to take a nap against an ancient wall. This doesn’t go so well, though, when the wall collapses behind him, revealing a stick and a scroll that proclaims, “You have found a wishing stick.” Delighted, Joha wishes for new shoes, only to find his old ones gone. A wish for the stick to disappear glues it to his hand. A wish to ride a donkey finds him carrying the animal instead. And you can pretty much guess what happens when he attempts to remove the sultan’s wart. After an encounter with a clever merchant the two realize that he’s been holding the stick upside down. Joha returns to the sultan to remove the copious warts, then finds his stick co-opted by the greedy ruler. Riding a small donkey away at the end, Joha speculates whether or not he should have told the sultan how to use the stick. In the end, it’s evident that he did not.

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