How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale by Margaret Read MacDonald, Nadia Jameel Taibah, Carol Liddiment |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale

How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale

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by Margaret Read MacDonald, Nadia Jameel Taibah, Carol Liddiment
     
 

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When Jouha counts the ten donkeys carrying his dates to market, he repeatedly forgets to count the one he is riding on, causing him great consternation. Includes numbers and numerals one to ten in Arabic and English transliteration, and a note on the origins and other versions of the story.

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When Jouha counts the ten donkeys carrying his dates to market, he repeatedly forgets to count the one he is riding on, causing him great consternation. Includes numbers and numerals one to ten in Arabic and English transliteration, and a note on the origins and other versions of the story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Margaret Read McDonald is not only the world's expert on folklore for children, she is also a fine storyteller, as this counting book shows. This simple tale shows the foolish Jouha going to market with ten donkeys; on his way he counts them again and again to make sure they all are with him but fails to count the one he is sitting on and thus believes he has lost one. He dismounts to recount and is pleased to have the lost one back. Young children who may have made the same mistake will delight in Carol Liddiment's bright colored illustrations that clearly picture where Jouha goes wrong. At the bottom of each spread, a border shows the number word and numeral in Arabic script. Given how often Jouha is fooled, by the end of the story, children may well be able to join in with Jouha's counting. The text, like the tale itself, is spare, with a lot of repetition so that emerging readers might be able to read it for themselves. McDonald prefaces the story with a full identification of the origin and variants of this folktale. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this Saudi folktale, Jouha loads ten donkeys with dates to sell at the market. As he rides along, he counts nine and believes one is lost. Yet when he walks, he counts all ten and is grateful that the missing donkey is back. Alternately lucky and unlucky, depending on whether he walks or rides, Jouha sells his dates and returns home with all of his donkeys. Arabic numbers from one to ten are written from right to left at the bottom of the pages, both in Arabic and in English transliteration, and invite youngsters to count along with the silly date merchant. (Readers can listen to Taibah pronounce these numbers on MacDonald's Web site.) Full-color paintings expand the repetitive text, tracing the journey of ten distinctly different donkeys across the desert landscape and indicating the passage of time with the position of the sun, the color of the sky, and the size of the shadows underneath the donkeys. In an opening note, MacDonald documents the many variants of this folktale, including Denys Johnson-Davies's Goha the Wise Fool (Philomel, 2005), which is set in Egypt. For those libraries with large folklore collections or those looking for unusual counting books.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
In this retelling of a traditional Middle Eastern folktale, silly Jouha can not understand why every time he sits on his donkey and counts the donkeys behind that are carting his figs to market, he loses one, making him a most unlucky man! But no worries-each time he is instructed to dismount, he is able to count all of the donkeys he sees, and all ten are there, making him quite a lucky fellow. Liddiment's warm, sunlit illustrations show the lovable fool making his way through the desert landscape and finding help from passersby, all the while accompanied by the numbers one to ten in Arabic and English transliteration, which periodically appear at the bottom of the pages. Young readers will giggle along as they familiarize themselves with cardinal numbers in both languages and spot Jouha's grievous but comic errors. An initial note explains that, as in Arabic, the numbers appear from right to left, and provides source notes and pronunciations. Engaging and filled with gentle humor-a solid choice for home or school use. (Picture book/folktale. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619131484
Publisher:
Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,161,787
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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