World Tales: The frame story of Parrot Tales (1979)

World Tales, subtitled "The Extraordinary Coincidence of Stories Told in All Times, in All Places" is a book of 65 folk tales collected by Idries Shah from around the world, mostly from literary sources. Some of the tales are very current, others are less well known.

The book was first published in large format by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich with each tale illustrated. Thirty seven artists contributed. This edition is no longer in print; the Octagon Press edition is text only.

The frame story of Parrot Tales (Persian Tutinama), was split into three tales and illustrated in the large format edition by Sue Porter.