Elizabeth Laird has written numerous illustrated books for children inspired by ageless stories from Asia and Africa, including Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran, and A Fistful of Pearls and Other Stories from Iraq. She has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal in Literature. Elizabeth lives in Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Two Crafty Jackals
A good story is like a river that starts from far away and travels on and on.
The animal stories in Two Crafty Jackals began their lives in India more than 2,000 years ago and have been travelling ever since. They were already a thousand years old when they were translated into Arabic. They jumped from Arabic into Persian and then continued their journey. They went back to India and then to Afghanistan and Georgia and Turkey. Later they arrived in Europe and were translated into Spanish and Italian and German and French and English and many other languages.
These lovely stories, all wrapped up in one another so that sometimes one begins before the last has ended, tell the tale of Dimnah, a crafty jackal who sets out to get the better of the mighty King of Lions, and Dimnah’s brother, Kalilah, who tries to stop him from making too many mistakes.
Sadiqi Beg (1533–1610) was a renowned Iranian artist, poet, biographer, and soldier.