The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey

The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey Review

Once upon a time in Turkey there lived a funny, little wise man named Nasrettin Hoca. He wore a huge, white turban and a worn-out coat made of patches upon patches. Riding about on his little gray donkey, he liked to help whomever he could. A friend to all, Nasrettin is a popular figure. But when he is suddenly ignored at a friend's banquet, he realizes it is his patchwork coat that is turning people away from him. He leaves the party and returns later, wearing a brand-new coat. Now Nasrettin is warmly welcomed. But instead of eating the delicious foods placed before him, he feeds them to his coat!

How Nasrettin Hoca teaches his friends a lesson about appearances is the heart of this hilarious and clever story. With good humor and luminous illustrations inspired by traditional Turkish paintings, Demi brings to life Turkey's most famous folk hero and imparts a timeless tale with a moral that will resonate with readers everywhere.

Title:The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey
Edition Language:English

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  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I love tales of Nasrettin Hoca (I've always seen it spelled Nasruddin Hodja), and I'm sure I've read a version of this one before. Hoca was a real Turkish folk philosopher who lived in the 13th centur...

  • Elizabeth

    This Turkish tale features folk hero Nasrettin Hoca. Demi's illustrations, using borders that resemble turkish rug patterns, bright colors, and other cultural details give a strong sense of time and p...

  • Christine

    I really enjoyed this book and am using it in my multi-cultural education class. I thought the art work was quite relevant for the story line and enhanced the book. The moral of the book is a good one...

  • Leila T.

    A liiiiiiiiittle bit wordy (for my 2.5-y-o), but what I couldn't believe was how she sat through this entire folktale at dinner time, mindlessly eating her food (which was the plan, since she was dist...

  • Ryan D'angelo

    This book is a truly amazing book that makes kids and adults laugh while teaching a truly important life lesson. The story notes that “It's not the clothes that make the man but the person inside wh...

  • Sarah

    Accompanied by the, as always, beautiful detailed artwork of Demi, this traditional Turkish tale was a perfect addition to our studies of Turkey. The tale is wonderfully told with a good moral at the ...

  • Hailey Gray

    This (magical realism) picture book was a story about a well known man being invited to a fancy dinner party at his friend's house. When he arrived in a less than perfect coat all of his friends rejec...

  • Katie Dangle

    Title: The Hungry Coat: A Tale From TurkeyAuthor: DemiGenre: Non-European Folktale Theme(s): Self-expression, Inner Strength, Character, Wisdom, Judgment Opening line/sentence: Once upon a time in Tur...

  • Abigail Garrett

    The Hungry Coat is a charming tale of a man taking what he has and reusing it to his benefit. The man makes his old rugged coat stretch as far as it can, while proving his character to his friends alo...

  • Pat

    Turkey’s most famous folk hero brought to life through robust illustrations and this humorous telling of a timeless lesson: Don’t judge a book by its cover (or a man by his coat’s appearance)....