Young People's Stories of Respect
Billings, Melissa Stone
. Young People's Press, Inc. . San Diego
YPS 7 .
PZ8.1.Y846 Re 1996 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are four stories in this oversized pamphlet. The first, Djuha's Sleeve from Syria is illustrated by Pat Hoggan (2). Djuha has been invited to a fancy dinner but has come in his usual old clothes, and a servant turns him away. He goes home and puts on fine clothes and is welcomed into the party. Once there, he puts his sleeve into the soup. When a companion advises him to pull back his sleeve, he refuses but tells his sleeve to eat and take its fill, since it is more respected than he is. The second story, The Carvers from Mayans in Mexico, is illustrated by Deborah Healy (6). Two woodworkers who frequently disagree with each other chop a good piece of wood into two and try make fitting ornaments for the ruler Hunac's pyramid. They both exclaim before Hunac how beautiful the other's work is. Hunac hires them both, and they now show respect for each other's ideas and talents. Different does not mean wrong or bad. The third selection is Christina Rossetti's poem Hurt No Living Thing, illustrated by Jeff Severn (16). The final story is Age and Wisdom from Japan, illustrated by Len Ebert (18). An old man gives answers to the ruler's conundrum-like challenges, and so shows the ruler that the aged have a place in society. They do not need to go off alone to the canyon at the age of 60. There are acknowledgements on 30. Strangely, sources are acknowledged for only three stories.