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  • Published: 9 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781644210901
  • Imprint: Seven Stories Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 36
  • RRP: $32.99

The Donkey's Gone!



A Rumi story turned into a fun, illustrated allegory for kids.

The 13th century Sufi mystic, Islamic scholar, Persian poet and storyteller Rumi remains a towering cultural force, and possibly the most widely read poet in the world--especially on the subject of love. Here a simple tale about a donkey keeper staying at an inn becomes a parable for life lessons of joy and sorrow that will be universally understood by children in this adaptation by the Rumi scholar Omid Arabian, illustrated with great humor and authenticity by the Iranian-born artist Shilla Shakoori.

The Donkey's Gone is based on a story from The Masnavi, which is an epic compilation of Rumi's wisdom in the form of poems and short stories. Adapted for children, it retains Rumi's wit and insight while also relating a cautionary tale about what we stand to lose when we imitate others and conform.

  • Published: 9 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781644210901
  • Imprint: Seven Stories Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 36
  • RRP: $32.99

Praise for The Donkey's Gone!

"The Donkey’s Gone teaches us a very important lesson in a fun way. I recommend it for kids and their parents!"—Maz Jobrani "The Donkey’s Gone is a humorous and deep story by the beautiful teacher Rumi." —Omid Safi, Professor of Islamic Studies; Founder, Illuminated Courses and Tours

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