Abdi is a little boy who has been given a very big task. He is to deliver the most precious necklace in the world—made by Eli, his teacher and a master jeweler—to the queen. Along the way he is robbed in the desert, thrown in a dungeon, and has a surprising encounter with a snake. But no matter what obstacles he faces, Abdi never gives up hope, believing that everything we have been given in life is always for the best. He is guided by Eli’s wise words, “The power of certainty is without limits.” The intricate and exotic paintings by husband-and-wife illustrators Olga Dugina and Andrej Dugin take readers into Abdi’s world of snake charmers and flying carpets.

including U.K., France, and Germany • Hardcover with jacket, 8 x 10 inches • 32 pages