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The Pearl Diver

The Pearl Diver

by Julia Johnson
     
 

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Saeed is going to learn how to dive – his father has promised to teach him! It is the start of the pearling season and this is his first trip out on the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Leaving the rest of his family behind on the shore, Saeed and his father join the crew of a pearling dhow and set out to spend the hot summer months on the high seas. He learns how

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Saeed is going to learn how to dive – his father has promised to teach him! It is the start of the pearling season and this is his first trip out on the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Leaving the rest of his family behind on the shore, Saeed and his father join the crew of a pearling dhow and set out to spend the hot summer months on the high seas. He learns how the pearl divers hunt for the treasures of the seabed, and discovers the secrets and dangers of the sea.

This delightful story, carefully researched from oral and written sources – some dating from more than 150 years ago – offers an insight into the way of life that sustained the Arabian Gulf right up until the discovery of oil. The winning charm of Patricia Al Fakhri’s watercolors combine with Julia Johnson’s narrative to make The Pearl Diver a perennial favorite with children aged 8 to 12.

Since its first publication in 2003, it has sold more than 30,000 copies worldwide.

The Pearl Diver is a suggested resource in Hamilton Trust’s Key Stage 2 unit on stories from other cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909339767
Publisher:
Medina Publishing
Publication date:
10/09/2015
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Julia Johnson is a drama teacher turned children’s author, storyteller and performer who first came to
Dubai in 1975. She has appeared on stage, TV and radio in the UK and in Dubai, has toured Theatre-in-
Education productions to schools and has recorded over 100 audio books.
Julia’s stories frequently focus on the history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula. She has written over a dozen stories for children including The Camel That Got Away.
The Turtle Secret won the Best International Children’s
Book Award at Sharjah International Book Fair 2014.
She has toured schools and colleges in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait,
Qatar and Saudi Arabia with talks and workshops.
Commissions have included a story for Qatar’s National
Day 2009, an interactive student pack for the Kremlin exhibition for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and
Heritage (ADACH) and a series of five short stories for
Kraft (Middle East).
She is a regular speaker at the Emirates Airlines International
Festival of Literature (EAIFL) and her books have twice been chosen for the Chevron Readers’ Cup.

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