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Genies, Meanies, and Magic Rings Hardcover – August 7, 2007

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About the Author

STEPHEN MITCHELL was born in Brooklyn, studied at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and spent seven years in Zen training. His many books include the award-winning The Wishing Bone and Other Poems.

TOM POHRT is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez and The Wishing Bone and Other Poems by Stephen Mitchell. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and daughter.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn in 1943, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen practice. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Meetings with the Archangel, Gilgamesh, The Second Book of the Tao, and the Iliad. When he is not writing, he likes to (in no particular order) think about writing, think about not writing, not think about writing, and not think about not writing. He is married to Byron Katie and cowrote two of her bestselling books: Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy. You can read extensive excerpts from all his books on his website,

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Give Stephen Mitchell a looksee. Stare long and hard at him for a while. Really take him in. Why? Because, my friend, you are in the presence of a very smart man. A man who realized something that a lot of authors need to take into account. When it comes to classic tales like One Thousand and One Arabian Nights there are very few child-friendly versions of the tales that have been published in the last ten years. That doesn't stop my library patrons from asking for some, though. I'll hand them a thick text circa 1973 with copious words and few pictures and they'll give me that hurt puppydog look. The look that says, "Why won't you give me what I want?" And what they want (though they don't know the title yet) is "Genies, Meanies, and Magic Rings". A new look at three of the classic Arabian Tales, Mitchell has given new light to the well-known and even reintroduced stories that we might not have heard in their original incarnation before. A necessary purchase and then some.

Three stories culled from "The Arabian Nights" appear in this volume, varying in fame. There is "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" (which has amazingly eluded Disneyfication until now) about a poor man named Ali Baba and his discovery of a cache of thieves gold. "Abu Keer and Abu Seer" looks at the story of two men, one good and one bad, and the various trials one must suffer at the hands of the other. Finally, "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" rounds out the book and maintains its status as one of the world's finer stories for children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this aloud to my children (age 7 and 9), and all three of us really enjoyed the stories! Very entertaining, and fun because they used modern expressions, and included amusing details. Also, there were lots of twists and turns that weren't in Disney movies or other versions of these stories, that made the stories extra interesting. I also really appreciated the fact that the story tried to clarify some moral points, in a nice way. My kids just begged and begged for me to keep reading just one more chapter. I would really recommend it.
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By Laura on October 7, 2011
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I bought this for grandkids. This is a fairly detailed and good simplified retelling of two classics. Great bedtime stories.
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