This book is like little drops of water from the great ocean that is the Mathnawi. In some places it is more literally adapted and in others more faithfully to the essence of the tale. If it has value it is that it will lead the reader to plunge into that astonishing work. The Mathnawi is known as "the Qur'an in Persian" not because it's author seeks to equate it with the Qur'an but because in it he so remarkably expounds are Qur'an. Although the Mathnawi is not a children's book, the stories have the directness and clarity which are a delight to the young, and which will prove to be a treasure-chest of instruction in later life.