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What can a young ostrich called Yussuf teach us about war and friendship? This extraordinary animal helps defeat the Nazis in northern Africa during World War II to save his friends. He places loyalty and honor above everything else to resist the fascist forces that would tear his community apart. In this republishing of the original work by the famous political caricaturist, Emery Kelen, who was devoted to peace, we find pertinent lessons on hope and resistance that will enliven our day.
Jack Zipes is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active storyteller in public schools and has written fairy tales for children and adults. In his happy retirement, he founded a small publishing house called Little Mole and Honey Bear. Some of his recent publications include Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards (2017), Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump (2018), The Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria (2018), Slap-Bam, The Art of Governing Men: Édouard Laboulaye's Political Fairy Tales (2018), The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim (2019), Johnny Breadless (2020), and Hermynia zur Mühlen's The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales (2020). His new mission in life is to unbury dead and neglected authors of fantasy and to create conditions for a better world.