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Hoopoe's publishing program began with a series of traditional children’s stories from Central Asia and the Middle East collected by the author and educator Idries Shah. There are now eleven beautifully illustrated books in this series, all of which have been commended by Western educators and psychologists, the Library of Congress, National Public Radio and other media for their unique ability to foster social-emotional development, thinking skills and perception in children and adults alike.

“…a series of children’s books that have captivated the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. The books are tales from a rich tradition of story telling from Central Asia and the Middle East. Stories told and retold to children, by campfire and candlelight, for more than a thousand years. Through repeated readings, these stories provoke fresh insight and more flexible thought in children. Beautifully illustrated.”The Magazine of the National Education Association

Please note that Teacher Activity Guides and Lesson Plans for each title
accord with U.S. Educational Standards.

THE BOY WITHOUT A NAME
THE CLEVER BOY AND THE TERRIBLE, DANGEROUS ANIMAL
THE FARMER’S WIFE
FATIMA THE SPINNER AND THE TENT
THE LION WHO SAW HIMSELF IN THE WATER
THE MAGIC HORSE
THE MAN AND THE FOX
THE MAN WITH BAD MANNERS
NEEM THE HALF-BOY
THE OLD WOMAN AND THE EAGLE
THE SILLY CHICKEN

characters in Hoopoe books

 

“These Teaching-Stories can be experienced on many levels. A child may simply enjoy hearing them; an adult may analyze them in a more sophisticated way. Both may eventually benefit from the lessons within.”
—Lynn Neary All Things Considered, NPR News, Washington

Listen to the Original NPR Report

 

Teaching Stories and the Brain

 

Speaking at the Library of Congress, leading psychologist Robert Ornstein gives a presentation on the effectiveness of the Teaching-Story in developing thinking skills and perceptions. His lecture includes a video version of 2 Hoopoe titles: Neem the Half-Boy and The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal.

“Educating the whole child is not a new idea. It is rooted in the writings and teachings of many ancient cultures. Yet, achieving the kind of balance that encourages all children to learn, work and contribute to their fullest potential has been a continuing challenge as our world has grown more complex and our communities more fragmented.”
—Maurice J. Elias, “Academic and social emotional learning,” Educational Practices Series-11, International Academy of Education (Brussels) & International Bureau Education (Geneva), 2003.

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Here are two great videos from Susan Ramsay at Kingston Literacy & Skills based on THE SILLY CHICKEN by Idries Shah, illustrated by Jeff Jackson. The first shows two young children enjoying a reading of this beautifully illustrated book we give away free to disadvantaged kids. The second shows Tips and Tricks for using The Silly Chicken to help your child develop stronger skills in listening, speaking, thinking and problem solving, as well as understanding themselves and others better.

THE SILLY CHICKEN: a reading

THE SILLY CHICKEN: Tips and Tricks