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The Adventures of Abdi

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Madonna

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, a little boy named Abdi was given a very big task -- to deliver the most precious necklace in the world to the queen. Come along with Abdi on his fantastic journey into a magical world of ruthless rogues, savage … see full wiki

Author: Madonna
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Callaway
1 review about The Adventures of Abdi

It is a very good lesson in perseverance and the belief that things will work out for the best

  • Jul 26, 2010
Rating:
+3
This book was much better than my preconceived notions allowed it to be. When I read on the cover that the author was called Madonna I immediately went to the back jacket to verify that she was in fact Madonna the singer and "Material Girl."
The context is in the Muslim area of Central Asia and the lead character is a little orphan boy named Abdi. His guardian is a master jeweler named Eli, an old family friend that treats Abdi well. Abdi's tasks include working in the jewelry shop by greeting customers and sweeping up.
One day an important man came in and asked Eli to create a magnificent necklace for the queen in time for her upcoming birthday. Eli pleads for more time but the man is unyielding in his insistence. After the man leaves Abdi expresses his frustration to which Eli says, "... everything that we have been given in life is for the best."
By working day and night, Eli and Abdi are able to complete the necklace in time. Due to his age and frailty, Eli is unable to make the journey to the king's palace so he sends Abdi alone. This begins a series of great adventures for Abdi as his faith that things will work out for the best is put to the test. After a series of trials, Abdi and the suddenly appearing Eli are able to dazzle the king and queen and receive a commensurate reward.
The writing her is very good and the illustrations are lightly colored and very expressive. You must look closely to see and appreciate all of the objects in them. For example, the following all appear in the image where the queen is donning her necklace:

*) A feathered hat topping that has the body of a parrot and the head of a lion.
*) A small deer-like creature that is wearing a small sword and has the head of a man.
*) The king is wearing a mammoth bulbous hat almost as large as he is.

A fairly serious book about persistence and belief, Madonna proves that her talents extend to writing children's books.

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