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A humble grass-cutter named Wali Dad, finding that he has everything he needs, uses his savings to buy a beautiful golden bracelet, which he asks a local merchant to bring as a gift to the noblest woman in the world - the queen of Khaistan. When she reciprocates with a lavisg gift, Wali Dad, who has no use for wealth, sends it via the merchant to the noblest man in the world - the king of Nekabad. This royal in turn sends a gift to Wali Dad, who forwards it to the queen, who responds in kind. So...
Did not like the illustration style which made Wali Dad a caricature. Oddly, the other people were depicted normally. The story is told rather simply and in the process, excises a great deal of interesting verbiage. I prefer Lang's version.
Such a simple, lovely children's story. It made me smile, mainly because it reminded me of my childhood vacations in India. And how during the monsoons, my cousins would give me Pai books Birbal the Wise to read. Nothing like a book to bring back memories
The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale of India and Pakistan by Aaron Shepard (1-4)Fall Booklegger Program
I loved this picture book and suggest that everyone should read it!!!
Wali Dad is a poor but happy grass-cutter who ends up saving so much money he doesn’t know what to do with it all. He decides to buy a bracelet for the Queen as a kind gesture but he ends up receiving an even more extravagant gift in return. The gift exchanges continue to occur and eventually Wali Dad finds himself owning more than he could even imagine, including a beautiful palace. However, Wali Dad prefers the simple life he had before and is rewarded his old life back for being such a kind m...
Has a magical ending.
Me and my son love reading it.
Wali Dad is a simple grass-cutter. Each day he returns from the marketplace with thirty small coin. He uses ten for his food, ten for his other needs, and saves ten in a clay pot. Wali Dad has more money than he needs so he decided to buy a gold bracelet.He asks a traveling merchant to deliver this bracelet to the queen of Khaistan. The queen loves the gift, and returns the favor with a better gift, but Wali Dad has no use for luxurious gifts and sends the queen's gift to the king of Nekabad. As...
A good story with a happy ending. The illustrations are just not my style.
Count your blessings
One of my favorite books as a kid! Gorgeous illustrations.