Abu And The 7 Marvels Book Summary and Study Guide

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and William Stout (illustrator)
Gauntlet, Jan 2002, 141 pp. 21.95
ISBN: 1887368493
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    Along time ago in Northern Persia, Sultan Kasem El-Haroud advertises for a spouse for his daughter Alicia. One-hundred-thirty-seven suitors including wealthy princes and caliphs clamor for the prize, but in spite of their gifts of gold and diamonds, Alicia says no one hundred-thirty-seven times. She informs her frustrated father that she would rather be a hermit because love is just a little bit better than the trinkets.

    Grand Vizier Zardak arranges for his henchmen, Horrible and Terrible, to dress up as a lion so he can rescue Alicia and gain her hand in marriage. When a real lion arrives, Zardak deserts Alicia. Abu the woodcutter rescues the princess. Both instantly fall in love, but Zardak persuades Kasem that a woodcutter must prove the equal of a sultan's daughter. Abu agrees to go on the quest to obtain tokens of the 7 marvels of the world to prove his love for Alicia. Accompanied by his younger brother and a tired old genie, Abu begins the adventure that either will make him the 67,3831/2 failure or a legend of love.

    Though listed as a children's fairy tale, which it is, adults will also enjoy ABU AND THE 7 MARVELS. The story line is filled with action, heroism, and a deep cast who make magic and otherworldly gems seem real. Readers will have a good time whether they are an adult reading alone or to a child, or just a youngster flying solo on a ragged magic carpet into the world of Richard Matheson as cleverly illustrated by William Stout.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   going on a great trip Matchmake, (will/family)    -   Yes Matchmaker...    -   matchmake by parent(s) Fantasy/Magic    -   Yes Fantasy World Romance    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   laborer/blue collar Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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