In the northwest of Pakistan, hidden behind immense mountains, lies the ancient border kingdom of Chitral, where very old tales of magic and adventure are still told. Traveler Erik L'Homme, having visited Chitral several times, has collected many Chitrali tales and presents three of them here for readers 8 and up. A young man foolishly defeats a proud king at polo; a crow and an old woman outwit a king and his men; and a princess plunges into a river rather than marry the man her father has chosen for her. The book is illustrated with François Place's evocative watercolors and L'Homme's own photos of the region, which accompany a robust author's note.
||Enchanted Lion, 2007