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Tales From the Arabian Nights

imageTitle: Tales from The Arabian Nights
Author: Andrew Lang
Publisher: Award Publications
Number of pages: 304
Type of Book: Fiction; Classic
Age: 8+
Available here: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Arabian-Nights-Essential-Classics/dp/184135838X
Price: $13.57
MY SUMMARY
Set in ancient Arabian lands between Persia and China, this book tells the story of Scheherazade, the wife of the rich and powerful Sultan Schahriar. The Sultan loved his first wife to pieces. Sadly, she betrayed him, so he killed her and developed a hatred for all women. Vengeful,, he married a new bride every evening and killed her the following morning. His once loyal subjects hated and cursed him because they lost daughters to him daily. Then one day, a young lady, Scheherazade decided to marry the Sultan against her family’s wishes. She told him stories for a thousand and one nights to avoid being killed by him.
Scheherazade was portrayed as a master story teller as she wove fantastic magical tales of enchanted lands, genies, fantastic beasts, life changing adventures and dazzling jewels. She was able to keep him so interested in her stories that he kept postponing her death to be able to hear the end of each story. Some of the stories she told were age-old classics like The Seven Voyages of Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Read a review of this book here ) and Disney favorite, Aladdin and the Magical Lamp.
Read the book to find out what happened when Scheherazade ran out of stories.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: It is literally a book of stories. It is filled with fun and magical stories for children and adults, some with a moral or two. It also gives readers a sneak peak into life in ancient Arabia.

DOWN: None

RATING
4 stars
TRIVIA
1 Why did Sultan Schahriar kill his wives the day after the wedding?: He believed all women were deceitful like his first wife and he wanted the world to be rid of them.
2 Who was Scheherazade: The first daughter of the Sultan’s Grand Vizir
3 Some of the stories told by Scheherazade: Blind Baba Abdalla, Ali Baba and the Forty thieves, the Seven Voyages of Sinbad
4 What happened after One thousand and one nights: Read the book to find out

CHALLENGE: Tales from The Arabian Nights
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Write a 400 word story within a story set in ancient Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba land (8 – 12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com
Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.
Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, February 19th 2017.
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The Story of Islam

Title: The Story of Islam

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones

Publisher: Usborne Publishing (Young Reading Series 3)

Number of pages: 61

Type of Book: Non-Fiction; History; Educational

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product-tag/young-reading-series-3/page/6/?orderby=date; https://www.amazon.com/Story-Islam-Usborne-Young-Reading/dp/0794518656

Price: N690; $5.86

MY SUMMARY

The story of Islam began with an ordinary man, an Arabian called Muhammad. In year 610, on a mountain close to Mecca, Muhammad sat alone in a cave when, out of nowhere, a voice spoke to him. The voice told him he was a messenger of God, an angel. Through that angel and some visions, he received revelations directing him to start a new religion, Islam. Muhammad spread the doctrines of this religion by word of mouth and with the use of animal skins but it wasn’t well received by Meccans. Muslims were persecuted for about 20 years until they took over Mecca after a war in year 630. Muhammad died two years later in year 632 but that was only the beginning of the religion. Over the next ten centuries, Muhammad’s Muslim army grew under the care of several successors (caliphs) and conquered several nations around Arabia, Christian and pagan alike, converting many to Islam. However, there was trouble in paradise. The Muslims had split into two groups, the Sunni Muslims and the Shi’ites.

Read this book to learn about these groups, the Abbasids, a group of Shi’ite Muslims who brought a period of great wealth, knowledge of the arts and sciences and culture to the world and the magnificent city of Baghdad; the Ottomans, arguably the greatest Muslims that ever lived; the Taj Mahal, the resting place of the Mughal empress, Shah Jahan, and the Crusades, the centuries-long war between Christians and Muslims over the holy city of Jerusalem.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book gives a brief but information-packed history of Islam with pictures, maps and illustrations and the most vivid words, I have read in a book in a very long time.  I have read it twice already. It’s a little slice of world history. I recommend for parents and children alike especially for lovers of history.

DOWN: None.

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Islam: Submission to God’s will; Muslims: those who submit to God’s will
  2. The Five Pillars of Islam: Shahadah: a declaration that there is only one true God, Allah and Muhammad is his messenger; 2. Salah: prayers said 5 times a day facing in the direction of Mecca; 3. Charity, giving Zakah – a percentage of savings- to the poor; 4. Fasting (Sawm) in the month of Ramadan and 5. Hajj: a pilgrimage to Mecca
  3. صلى الله عليه وسلم (salla alllah ealayh wasallam) is said every time the Prophet Muhammad’s name is mentioned. It means ‘Peace be upon him’.
  4. Muhammad was buried in a tomb which was placed in: The Mosque of the Prophet, in Medina, ‘The City of the Prophet’.
  5. Some achievements of the Golden Age of Islam: Literature: One thousand and one nights (Tales from Arabian nights) one of the best collections of stories and poems from the Arabian empire (read a review of one of the stories, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves here); Baghdad, the most spectacular city in the world at the time, the House of Wisdom, an enormous library filled with books from which many of their ideas were birthed, Astrolabes and Magnetic compasses: helped people travel the world and used later by Europeans to discover America!

VIEW SAMPLE PAGES HERE: https://usborne.com/browse-books/catalogue/product/1/2338/the-story-of-islam/#&gid=1&pid=1

CHALLENGE: The Story of Islam

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 300-word essay on the story of Islam in Nigeria. (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a picture using only the details in the first four lines of the last sample page. See the link above for sample pages

 

  1. Write a 500-word essay on the story of Christianity (10-12 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw a picture using only the details in the first four lines of the last sample page. See the link above for sample pages

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book. Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, February 5th 2017. 

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THE LAST DAYS AT FORCADOS HIGH SCHOOL by A. H. Mohammed

 

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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Title: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Author: retold by Katie Daynes

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/ali-baba-and-the-forty-thieves-young-reading-series-1/; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0746080867?keywords=ali%20baba%20and%20the%2040%20thieves%20usborne&qid=1458473319&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1; Free Download here: http://vladimirtamari.com/alibaba.pdf

Price: N580; $4.00

MY SUMMARY

Ali Baba and his brother Kassim were as different as day and night. Ali Baba was as content as his brother was greedy and as poor as his brother was rich. Ali Baba and his wife barely had food to eat for he was a poor woodcutter so you can imagine his shock when one day, he discovered a secret cave filled with all sorts of treasure. He quickly filled his bag with gold coins and ran home. Ali Baba became rich. Kassim disturbed Ali Baba until Al Baba told him about the secret cave. Kassim hurried to the cave with several donkeys to grab a large share of the treasure. But this cave belonged to a group of forty deadly thieves. Many things happened afterwards. First, the thieves found Kassim in their cave and killed him, then they started searching for Ali Baba to kill him too. Read the book to find out how the thieves tried to kill Ali Baba and whether or not they succeeded.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Adventure! I recommend this book for all independent readers and would go as far as recommending the complete work: One Thousand and One Nights or Tales from the Arabian Nights. Humour! It teaches young children several vital lessons, e.g. the advantages of being content, upright and observant (Morgiana), the consequences of being greedy, etc.

DOWN:  None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. The magic words that brought riches to Ali Baba: Open Sesame!!
  2. The original author of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Antoine Galland, a French author. He wrote this story in the 18th century!
  3. This was one of the stories told by Princess Scheherazarde to save herself from the mad king in One Thousand and One Nights, one of the best Arabian short story collections of all time.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Watch a video here:

CHALLENGE: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

CREATE (THINK, WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Read the story here: http://vladimirtamari.com/alibaba.pdf

Answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. List 5 items, Ali Baba and his brother saw in the thieves’ cave
  2. Find the items in the grid below
Z D G Y H N M K O D G J K B X
V G O F T S J T O E G S E N O
G H L G T O E Y D G O I I A E
H J D H T R W A T O E L N I N
Y U C A D O C S H A P K A K A
I F O H S O L A C R A S W I T
O F I J R V S O E T C E O U S
O C N B D E J E W E L S G N A
L X S C D B A R U C A S A L F
I N O R N A M E N T S L E A G

OR

  1. Draw and colour Ali Baba on a tree watching the thieves enter their cave. (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, March 23rd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen