The Wise Fool

by Shahrukh Husain

Hardcover, 2011



Local notes

398.2 Hus



Barefoot Books (2011), Hardcover, 64 pages


A retelling of twenty-two Middle Eastern folktales about Mulla Nasreddin Hoca, a wise man remembered for his insightful and humorous stories.

Physical description

64 p.; 11.1 inches


1846862264 / 9781846862267



User reviews

LibraryThing member alyson
Colorful and funny. The wise fool is great, very likable character.
LibraryThing member ogechukwu
this is a collection of funny stories with one principal character, Mulla Nasruddin, he always sees the funny side to every dilemma. lovely and colourful illustrations. I liked some of the stories like the story of Share and Share alike. This story will teach children to learn to share in a selfless manner. and some I didn't quite like includes, Inside the Coat, a story about the Mulla being beaten and thrown out by the wife, I could see the humour in the story but I didnt think it'll make any positive meaning to the child reading it.… (more)
LibraryThing member debnance
Finally, a beautiful brightly illustrated collection of thoughtful stories from the Islamic world for children. This book tells stories about Mulla Nasruddin, a spiritual teacher who travels and faces difficulties head on, using his clever mind.

“’What’s the matter, Mulla?’ he asked. ‘All is well, I hope?’
‘Why shouldn’t all be well?’ snapped the Mulla, hurrying down the road. He knew very well that his nosy neighbor was not interested in his welfare, but wanted a bit of gossip.”
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LibraryThing member kvail
This book is full of fables and tales from the Islamic culture. Mulla Nasruddin plays many different roles throughout the fables. He is a central character in places like India and Pakistan. His fables are famous. He is well known all over the world. He takes unpredictable routes to teach morals and lessons throughout the stores. They are humorous stories from a wise character, thus the title of Wise Fool. Mulla is claimed to be real, a traveling Sufi which is a spiritual seeker. The difference this character has over others is that you can see the good, the bad, and the ugly with him. We see all sides to his character, which gives us a variety of lessons to learn if we want to learn them, otherwise, it offers a humorous moment of story telling.

One of the stories, "Bread and Salt" I thought was humorous. Mulla had been on business in Bursa and was exhausted. He sought after a place to stay. A man stepped up and offered a place to stay and to eat. Mulla used the expression of "I will accompany you for some bread and salt" indicating that he didn't want to be of any trouble to the kind host. It ended up that the host took that phrase literally and fed Mulla bread and salt. While he ate his bread and bowl of salt, a beggar was at the window begging "spare some bread and salt for a poor man." Mulla goes to the window to tell him to go away or he will get exactly that, bread and salt, because the host sticks to his word! I liked this one because it shows you should always speak what you mean, or else it can be taken out of context. I thought it was comical that he was warning the beggar he might just get bread and salt and to run away fast.
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LibraryThing member rleung
It is about Mulla Nasruddin, a legendary character whose adventures and misadventures are enjoyed across the Islamic world. This Islamic folklore collection focuses on Mulla Nasruddin, who is funny and wise, silly and grumpy, the conscience of his community but never self-important. Husain heard these stories as a child growing up in India and Pakistan, and they are still told today.… (more)
LibraryThing member Lilly.Reid
Mulla Nasruddin is a clever and sneaky character, respected by most, but also known for being quite mischievous. Read through his stories to see how he deals with his nosy neighbors, wins court cases, and negotiates with the emperor of his town.
LibraryThing member Lake_Oswego_UCC
Fables from the Islamic world. Large format. Brightly colored illustrations.
LibraryThing member SatinaJensen
A collection of different fables all following the life of Mulla Nasruddin who was thought to be a traveling spiritual seeker.




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