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Ghaddar the Ghoul and Other Palestinian Stories
     

Ghaddar the Ghoul and Other Palestinian Stories

by Hannah Shaw (Illustrator), Sonia Nimr (Other), Ghada Karmi (Introduction)
 

Why do snakes eat frogs? What makes a man-eating ghoul become a vegetarian? How can a woman make a bored prince smile? And what’s a king to do when a princess refuses to marry him? The answers are found in this engaging compilation of Palestinian folk tales, cleverly retold by Sonia Nimr. The charismatic women, genial tricksters, mischievous animals, and

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Why do snakes eat frogs? What makes a man-eating ghoul become a vegetarian? How can a woman make a bored prince smile? And what’s a king to do when a princess refuses to marry him? The answers are found in this engaging compilation of Palestinian folk tales, cleverly retold by Sonia Nimr. The charismatic women, genial tricksters, mischievous animals, and other colorful characters who appear in the stories are imbued with a wry sense of humor, delighting readers young and old alike. Hannah Shaw’s deft illustrations are the perfect complement to Nimr’s upbeat storytelling.

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This anthology would make an excellent addition to any classroom collection of traditional tales from around the world. Entertainingly told, Nimr's Palestinian stories interweave the familiar ingredients of rich imagery, patterned language and repeated action, all against a backdrop of Arabian land, culture and folklore. In a monocultural classroom, this collection would broaden horizons and challenge assumptions; in a multicultural one, it could stimulate the sharing, comparing and valuing of folktales from a whole host of different peoples and lands. Read, re-tell and enjoy!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845077716
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Frances Lincoln Folktales from Around the World Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sonia Nimr is a writer living in Palestine. She teaches at Bir Zeit University and lives in Ramallah with her young son. She collaborated with Elizabeth Laird on A Little Piece of Ground (Macmillan), the first children's novel to be published in the UK about events in the occupied West Bank from the perspective of a Palestinian boy and his family.Hannah Shaw graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Illustration. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, but has also worked in a chocolate shop and a bead factory. Since childhood she has had a passion for writing stories and creating characters to illustrate them. She currently lives in a tiny village in Gloucestershire, U.K.

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