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The Old Woman and the Eagle

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A Sufi teaching tale from Afghanistan about an old woman who insists that an eagle must really be a pigeon.
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Hoopoe Books (first published November 2002)
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Nov 02, 2015 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This story is a wonderful start in life; helps children to think. The coloured illustrations were once in a magic paint box.
An eagle lands next to an old woman who is used to seeing pigions.
A peculiar pigeon indeed!
She cuts his claws, combs his crest flat, and straightens his curved beak until he resembles the bird she is used to seeing.
Fortunately another eagle rescues the eagle who has been made to look like a pigeon; curves his beak back into proper shape, combs up his crest and tells him his
Brian Cortes
Shah, Idries. Delmar, Natasha. The Old Woman and The Eagle. (2010). An old lady stands at her balcony feeding the birds and enjoying the beautiful day. An eagle from very high in the sky observes the lady feeding the other birds,and decides to make a visit. The old lady is in love with the powerful eagle, and takes the eagle as a pet. The old lady combs the eagle’s feathers and it also flattens out the beak. Ultimately the eagle leaves and finds another eagle with rough feathers and pointy beak, ...more
In connection to a school-wide (K-12) reading project, my students have been learning about Pakistan and Afghanistan and the lives of contemporary children in Central Asia. The goal of my partner teacher and I has been to share a range of stories and ideas that begin to show the diversity of Central Asian peoples and cultures. And while the books we've read have often featured people living on the other side of the world, many of the characters’ challenges connect directly to our challenges in t ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Sonic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though I see the truth of this message, I am not sure that I like it,... or that it is appropriate for a children's book....
Jan 15, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: intermediate, kids
Best book I've read in a while! Read it over and over to any kid who somehow doesn't fit in... and has faced being made over to meet someone else's expectations.
My, how they giggled at this one. A woman thinks an eagle is a pigeon so she changes his appearance to make him look like one. Then a friend helps change him back.

They thought it was so funny to see the eagle look so goofy. There wasn't much else to it.

I don't know that we'll repeat this, but it wasn't a waste of time.

Old woman thinks an eagle is a pigeon and keeps trying to change him. The ending is sad though in a way since the woman does not learn any lesson or change in any way.
Sue Abideen
Aug 03, 2011 Sue Abideen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple book with a very simple story line depicting a common pattern of human behaviour - altering the unfamiliar to make it acceptable.
Aug 10, 2008 qurat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, Muslim families, Central/South Asians
A good lesson... avoid those who do not recognize and honor you for who you are.
Jul 01, 2010 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't accept you for who you are.
As an old friend of mine use to say, "I am what I am." (Popeye)
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Idries Shah (Persian: ادریس شاه), also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي), was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen critically acclaimed books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.

Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. His ea
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