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Reason for Reading I love legends, folklore and the like This was an area completely unknown to me so I was intrigued to read these tales.These stories come from Turkey and are Muslim tales of a wise man, a trickster and a fool all wrapped up in the same person Hoji is a Muslim teacher, some respect him others don t Historically, Nasrudin Hoja who goes by a host of different spellings is considered an actual man who may have lived in the 1200s, his funny tales with messages have been hande Reason for Reading I love legends, folklore and the like This was an area completely unknown to me so I was intrigued to read these tales.These stories come from Turkey and are Muslim tales of a wise man, a trickster and a fool all wrapped up in the same person Hoji is a Muslim teacher, some respect him others don t Historically, Nasrudin Hoja who goes by a host of different spellings is considered an actual man who may have lived in the 1200s, his funny tales with messages have been handed down and built upon all over the middle east and across Asia, even reaching as far as China But this book sticks with the tales told in Turkey, centered on the then village of Aksehir.There are ten folktales presented here, each is short only a few pages long and Hoji while being a wise man is really very silly indeed Children should find these stories humorous and laugh at the solutions Hoji comes up with to his, or others, troubles He is always fair and stuck up people will get pulled back down to reality Hoji is a winner for the common folk and isn t afraid to take on a man of much greater status than himself Hoji is also a trickster and likes to cause a little trouble by bringing someone back down to earth and showing him he is not above other people just because he has money or position Then there is Hoji the fool, who will listens to what people tell him and in the end it is he who has been made a fool of, but still a lesson is being taught Most of the stories have a lesson attached to them though they are not always blatantly obvious and do require you to think what the message of the story is A couple, I think were just silly stories, as I could not find a message hidden in them at all.The book is told in simple language and as I said the stories are short so I m recommending this for lower elementary children or as a read aloud to younger children of any age The illustrations are beautiful Capturing the art of Turkish design in bold, bright cartoon ish style pictures which seem to be done in a mixed media format and, if I m not mistaken, that includes a tad of collage as well This is a fun introduction to a new cultural folktale that kids are sure to have fun with He Nasrudin Hoja worked in a vineyard, taught, gave sermons at the mosque and was even a judge Though his life in Turkey was not always easy, his heart was light and his approach to difficulties was witty, yet wise Really enjoyed the following stories Pumpkins and WalnutsHoja at the BathhouseThe Four ArrowsThe CoatThe Smell of SoupThe Three QuestionsFun short stories with a bit of wisdom along the way This book is sort of an introductory book of Hoja stories, including several of the best known ones That is both a strength and a weakness Almost all of these stories are readily available in other collections On the other hand, for a reader new to this brand of tale, this is a good batch of stories to include.The illustrations are very cartoony, but serve the stories fairly well, especially the illustrations of his donkey, who turns up in several tales.The writing is simple, but not written This book is sort of an introductory book of Hoja stories, including several of the best known ones That is both a strength and a weakness Almost all of these stories are readily available in other collections On the other hand, for a reader new to this brand of tale, this is a good batch of stories to include.The illustrations are very cartoony, but serve the stories fairly well, especially the illustrations of his donkey, who turns up in several tales.The writing is simple, but not written down These are the traditional stories, with phrasing that would work for school aged kids and up, but not dumbed down for preschoolers That s fine, because stories like this are for the listener or reader to learn as well as be entertained Thethey know of life, thethese stories will resonate This is a great introduction to some of the Hoja tales from Turkey, including tales where Hoja is wise would make a welcome addition to any collection of tales and legends for children There are not many books with legends from Turkey or about Hoja Goha to choose from, but fortunately, this is a fabulous book The stories are both instructive and entertaining, and the pictures are lovely I wouldn t hesitate to add this one to my collection. [ KINDLE ] ♒ Nearly Nonsense: Hoja Tales from Turkey ♼ Nasrudin Hoja was a mullah teacher in Turkey He was a busy man he worked in a vineyard, gave sermons at the mosque, and was sometimes even a judge He did all of this with a nagging wife, a constant stream of uninvited visitors, and many animals Although Hoja s life wasn t easy, his heart was always light and his observations about life held a witty twist For instance, when his donkey got lost, his neighbors offered sympathy, but Hoja found the bright side Imagine if I were riding the donkey at the time I d be lost too Though the ten Hoja stories presented by Rina Singh and richly illustrated by Farida Zaman are funny, each one contains such insight into human nature that Sufi teachers use them to illustrate their teachings Traditional Turkish Hoja stories are much loved throughout Asia, and Nearly Nonsense brings them to a North American readership sure to enjoy them and, through laughter, to learn from them The book has 15 the funniest Nasreddin Hoja Stories In the stories, no matter what the question, Hoja always had an answer At times, he was caught doing the most foolish things, like trying to catch the moon But he quickly twisted the situation in such a way that he looked wiser than ever or at least he tried to. This could be a fun read aloud book discussion with 2nd and 3rd graders The 10 quick to read folk tales from another culture present universal lessons in human nature with humor wit Includes some bright and inviting illustrations. This book wasn t my favorite of books, it definitely could have been better The pictures were kind of good, but the stories were long for really young kids I found it hard to get a child to get into it because I couldn t get into it.