Tales from the Magic Carpet
Tales from the Magic Carpet introduces children to a world of stories through beautiful storytelling from international storyteller Sita Brand. Traditional tales have the power to unite us. In these stories from the Muslim world, the East is vividly brought to life as we meet characters including Mullah Nassredin, the wise Shepherd and clever Masha, who all teach us life lessons.
Produced by leading storytelling company, Settle Stories.
Mullah Nasruddin Feeds his Coat | Turkey
Nasruddin is tired after working in the fields all day. He is hungry. It is Ramadan and he is invited to the wealthy man’s house. He goes straight from the field and the guests. No one will talk to him or share food. He leaves and returns in a fine coat. He feeds the coat and when people are shoc...
The Bird in the Golden Cage | Persia
A merchant keeps a parrot in a golden cage. He asks his family and the bird what gifts they would like when he goes travelling. The parrot asks him to pass a message to a friend. When the merchant does this the friend pretends to fall down and die. When the merchant relays this to the parrot, the...
Lazy Tok | Malaysia
Lazy Tok sits under a magic tree that tries to persuade her to take a basket to market to choose what she wants. Tok is too lazy so the basket goes with the help of a fat man. When the basket is full it runs back to Tok. This happens several times until the shopkeepers catch the basket and fill i...
Masha and the Bear | Russia
Masha lives with her grandparents. One day she goes out to play in the forest with her friends and gets lost. She finds herself in a strange house. When the house owner returns she finds it is a bear. The bear won’t let her go and Masha cooks and cleans for him until she has an idea. She tricks t...
The Tiger and the Hare | Pakistan
Tiger was in the habit of hunting all the animals. The creatures of the jungle got together to work out what to do. When it was Hare’s turn to be sacrificed he tricked Tiger and escaped being eaten.
Mullah Nasruddin Plants Trees | Turkey
Neighbours find Nasruddin planting trees in the field near his home. They start poking fun at him but Nasruddin points out that he is planting trees for future generations.
The Shepherds Treasure | Iran
A poor and wise shepherd once lived in a cave. The King disguised himself to meet the Shepherd and invited him to come to the town to provide wisdom for the people. Minister of the court started to whisper and accused him of stealing from the treasury. When the King called the Shepherd and disco...
Mullah Nasruddin and the Soup of the Soup | Turkey
Nasruddin acts hospitably when his good friend is standing on the doorstep with a fine-looking rabbit in hand. Hassan is invited in and a feast is prepared. A stream of visitors interrupt the evening meal on a succession of nights, saying they are the friend of the friend Hassan etc. So Nasruddin...
The Goat Well | Ethiopia
A story from Ethiopia. Woharia tricks a merchant into parting with all his goods in return for a ‘goat well’. A well that produces goats. When the merchant realises he has been tricked he goes to find Woharia and gets his camels and goods back. But kind hearted he gives Woharia a camel.
The Magic Garden of the Poor | Kazakhstan
When disease kills a shepherd's sheep, his neighbour and friend, a farmer gives him some land. One day the shepherd finds a pot of gold. When the farmer refuses to take it they go to the wise man. Here, a student suggests making a garden for the poor. The young man goes to the city to buy plants ...
The Blind Man and the Hunter | Zimbabwe
The blind man goes hunting with his brother-in-law, a hunter. The hunter asks the blind man questions and is amazed at his ability to use other senses to keep them from danger. When the hunter tries to take advantage of the blind man, he is caught out and learns from his mistakes. They become fri...
The Painted Jackal | Pakistan
Once a hungry jackal fell inside a pot of blue dye. The jackal turned blue and the animals thought he was the king of the animals. Then one day when the jackal was looking at the moon and howled. When the animals heard this they knew he was just an ordinary jackal. The rain poured down his colour...
Mullah Nasruddin and The Cauldron that Died | Turkey
Nasruddin borrowed a cauldron from his neighbour. When he returned it, he did so with a small pot saying the pot had given birth. When the greedy neighbour lent Nasruddin a pot again he expected another pot. Nasruddin told him the pot had died. ”That’s not possible, a cauldron cannot die!’ said t...
Nails in the Wall | Palestine
A father finds a clever way to teach his young son how to control his anger and transform it into understanding.