The Honey Thief is an exquisite new offering from the authors of The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif.
The beekeeper said to the boy:
’Abbas, I have a question for you. Can a bee catch a cold?’
Abbas smiled. ‘No. It is impossible, Sir.’
’It is not impossible. A bee can catch a cold.’
’How do you know?’
’I have seen a bee sneezing.’
’No!’ said Abbas. Then before he could stop himself, he said, ‘God will punish you for telling lies!’
Ahmad Hussein laughed. He was teasing Abbas, but when a boy was as full of sorrow as this one, perhaps teasing could help.
’Moving effortlessly from the oral to the written, from folktale to modern-day fable, and from the earthly to the transcendent, this beautiful, life-affirming book probes the heart and soul of a remarkable culture, while paying homage to the universal power of story.’ – Arnold Zable
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