Three-time Newbery Honor Book author Nancy Farmer joins bestselling artist Gail de Marcken in this enchanting, original tale told in the tradition of the Arabian Nights.
Ali is finally old enough to join his father in tending pigeons for the evil Sultan of Cairo. The boy is given a pet pigeon, but warned NEVER to feed it too much, lest it become spoiled and lazy. But Ali feels sorry for his hungry pet and disobeys. When the overfed bird becomes greedy and ruins a plate of the Sultan's cherries, Ali is in big trouble! Now he has only three days to replace the Sultan's 600 cherries from the snowy mountains of Syria. Only then can he save his father from the dreaded Oubliette: a deep pit where a giant demon is waiting!
About the Author
Hometown:Menlo Park, California
Date of Birth:July 9, 1941
Place of Birth:Phoenix, Arizona
Education:B.A., Reed College, 1963
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story was based off history when the king had ordered a man to gather his 600 cherries and the man did so by bird. This story varied a little in that the bird keepers boy sent out the pigeons and gathered cherries. the king was sent down to the demon and the bird keeper ruled. This had good oral messages for kids.