Neem the Half-Boy By Idries Shah

Illustrated by Midori Mori & Robert Revels

Because she fails to follow the precise instructions given to her by Arif the Wise Man, The Queen of Hich-Hich gives birth to a half-boy. That Neem is able to make himself complete by an act of cleverness, negotiation and compromise teaches children more than the expected, usual lesson of bravery.

This enchanting tale of Prince Neem, the King and Queen of Hich-Hich, Arif the Wise Man, fairies and a fire-breathing dragon is marvelously and magically illustrated by Midori Mori and Robert Revels. read more

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“Shah’s adaptation of this traditional Sufi tale will encourage children to contemplate the meaning of psychological ‘wholeness.’” —Bookbird, A Journal of International Children’s Literature

“… rather than dwelling upon the meaning of the story, once it has been told, we follow it with the introduction of breathing techniques to lower stress and calm anxiety or anger – alternatives to breathing fire over people! In this way the children – and the teachers and parents – get to learn a useful stress management tool, while at the same time the pattern in the story is left alone to work its magic.” —Ezra Hewing, Head of Education at the mental-health charity Suffolk Mind in Suffolk, UK; and Kashfi Khan, who teaches English as an additional language at Hounslow Town Primary School in London