I highly recommend them to EVERYONE!! It has really struck me what a "white bread" existence I've lived as I read these stories - so rich in culture. They are an exercise of the tongue, of the mind, and of the spirit. They entertain way beyond just a simple bed time story. You can picture the cities, the towns, the people. Just when you think the story a bit to complex for a child, the child chimes in with their own interpretation making these stories even more complex, but in an enriching and entrancing way. They are more clever than Aesop, more intoxicating than Anderson. And the way they are intertwined with practical applications in life makes the storytelling real.