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Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Reading Checks / Important Quotes Chapter 3. Chapter 3 – Reading Check. What is in the book offered to Rashid by Buttoo ? Why has Iff , The Water Genie, come? What important decision does Haroun make?.

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Haroun and the sea of stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Reading Checks / Important Quotes

Chapter 3


Chapter 3 reading check

Chapter 3 – Reading Check

  • What is in the book offered to Rashid by Buttoo?

  • Why has Iff, The Water Genie, come?

  • What important decision does Haroun make?


Haroun and the sea of stories

  • Explain how the weather seems to echo the emotions of Haroun, Rashid and Buttoo.

    • Weather gets smelly thunderous when they are and becomes tranquil when they think happy thoughts.

  • In what ways is the line between made-up and real becoming blurred?

    • More than one, water, books “ sea of story, Rashid’s wish, genie, water tap…

  • Reread p.17. To what "subscription" is Rashid referring?

    • ‘real’ subscription that is being shut off by Iff

  • What is the unusual pattern in the Water Genie Iff's speech?

    • Gives lots of ways to say something many ‘ifs’


Think now

Think Now!

  • How may our world change with our mood or vice versa? (ie. How can the environment affect our mood? How may we percieve the world differently dependant on our mood?)


Haroun and the sea of stories

  • Place: The houseboat (Arabian Nights plus One)

    Character:Iff, the Water Genie. (a small, ancient looking man, no bigger than himself (Haroun), wearing a huge purple turban on his head and baggy silk pajamas gathered at the ankles. This little fellow sported an impressive set of whiskers, of a most unusual color: the palest, most delicate shade of sky blue.)

  • Events:The “Mist of Mercy” is replaced with a harsh, hot wind” after Snooty Buttoo speaks.The Tale of the Moody Land (the story of a magical country that changed constantly, according to the moods of its inhabitants.Haroun only calls the splendid houseboat ‘very pleasant’ and this angers Snooty.Haroun and his father switch rooms.Iff comes to ‘cancel his (Rashid’s) subscription’ with the Disconnecting tool which Haroun grabs.Haroun learns about some of the things that exist in Iff’s homeland Kahani.

  • Kahani terms:The Ocean of the Stream of StoriesP2C2EGrand Controller (The Walrus, leader of the Eggheads)Gup City


Find a quote that shows

Find a quote that shows…

p. 47 – quote by Buttoo about stories and lies…

p. 58 – quote illustrating the difference between stories and lies…

Compare and contrast the two above quotes. What does it show about the characters and society?

p. 48 - quote showing joys of different types of stories. Give an example of a story like this.

p. 53 – statement by Rashid that leads to the problems to come…

p. 59 - An example of a Bildungsroman story


Haroun and the sea of stories

p. 47 – quote by Buttoo about stories and lies…

’My enemies hire cheap fellows to stuff the people’s ears with bad stories about me, and the ignorant people lap it up like milk. For this reason, eloquent Mr. Rashid, I have turned to you. You will tell happy stories, praising stories, and the people will believe you, and be happy, and vote for me.’

p. 58 – quote illustrating the difference between stories and lies…

‘Anybody can tell stories, liars and cheat, and crooks for example. But for stories with that Extra Ingredient, ah, for those, even the best storytellers need the Story Waters.

Compare and contrast the two above quotes. What does it show about the characters and society?

p. 48 - quote showing joys of different types of stories. Give an example from your life of a story like this.

‘Surely you don’t want me to tell just sugar and spice tales? People delight in the sob stuff as long as they find it beautiful.’

p. 53 – statement by Rashid that leads to the problems to come…

‘..finito, khattum-shud! – Much better to stop fooling myself, give it all up, go into retirement, cancel my subscription. –Because the magic’s gone, gone for ever,

p. 59 - An example of a Bildungs Roman story

‘You must take me to Gup City to see the Walrus, so I can get this stupid blunder about my father’s Water supply reversed before it’s too late.’


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