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Fatima the Spinner and the Tent – English-Arabic Edition

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By Idries Shah
Illustrated by Natasha Delmar
Ages: 8–14

ISBN: 978-1-946270-32-0 (paperback) $9.99
36 pages

This is the ninth book in the series of traditional stories for children retold by the author and educator Idries Shah. In this tale, Fatima’s life is beset with what seem to be disasters. Her journey leads her from Morocco to the Mediterranean, Egypt, Turkey and, finally, to China. It is in China that she realizes that what seemed at the time to be really unfortunate events were an integral part of her eventual fulfillment.

This teaching-story is well known in Greek folklore, but this version is attributed to Sheikh Mohamed Jamaludin of Adrianople (modern-day Edirne) in Turkey, who died in 1750.  It was first published by Idries Shah in 1967 in his classic work,  Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters Over the Past Thousand Years.

Young readers can make connections between what happens to Fatima and their own lives, and explore the deeper meanings of the concepts of misfortune, opportunity, and ultimate happiness. Her story also provides an excellent opportunity to build children’s vocabulary and literacy skills while developing their appreciation for good literature.

In the Sufi tradition, there is a continuum between the children’s story, the entertainment or folklore story, and the instructional or instrumental story. A story can help children deal with difficult situations and give them something to hold on to. It can, at the same time, stimulate a deeper understanding in adults.

“This fascinating tale will captivate young readers with its suspenseful plot. Older readers can make connections with their own lives and explore the deeper meanings of the concepts of misfortune, opportunity, and ultimate happiness. The detailed, colorful artwork of Natasha Delmar adds depth and richness to the story. With each reading, children and adults will find new details in the illustrations to appreciate and discuss. In addition, reading the book to and with children provides an excellent opportunity to build their vocabulary and literacy skills while developing their appreciation for good literature.”
—Denise Nessel, Ph.D., Consultant and Director of Publications,
National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

“Designed for ages five and older, this book is an excellent example of a ‘Teaching-Story’ used to promote critical thinking through the power of an entertaining tale. Discussions about goal-setting, perseverance, and hard work will come naturally while reading this volume.”
—KaaVonia Hinton, Ph.D., Foreword Reviews

فاطمة الغازلة و الخيمة – الطّبعة الإنجليزية-العربية

تأليف: إدريس شاه
رسوم: ناتاشا دلمار
14–8 أعمار من

$9.99 (كتاب ورقي الغلاف) ISBN: 978-1-946270-32-0
صفحة 36

هذا‭ ‬الكتاب‭ ‬التاسع‭ ‬في‭ ‬سلسلة‭ ‬القصص‭ ‬التقليدية‭ ‬للأطفال‭ ‬تم‭ ‬سردها‭ ‬من‭ ‬قبل‭ ‬المؤلف‭ ‬والمربي‭ ‬إدريس‭ ‬شاه‭ .‬في‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬الرواية،‭ ‬حياة‭ ‬فاطمة‭ ‬تعاني‭ ‬من‭ ‬المصاعب‭ ‬على‭ ‬ما‭ ‬يبدو‭ .‬رحلتها‭ ‬أخذتها‭ ‬من‭ ‬المغرب‭ ‬إلى‭ ‬البحر‭ ‬المتوسط،‭ ‬مصر،‭ ‬تركيا،‭ ‬وأخيراً‭ ‬إلى‭ ‬الصين‭. ‬في‭ ‬الصين‭ ‬أدركت‭ ‬أن‭ ‬الأحداث‭ ‬المؤسفة‭ ‬ما‭ ‬كانت‭ ‬إلا‭ ‬الطريق‭ ‬لإيصالها‭ ‬إلى‭ ‬نهاية‭ ‬سعيدة‭ ‬ومحتومة‭.‬

هذه القصة التعليمية معروفة في التراث الشعبي اليوناني، ولكن هذه النسخة نسبت إلى الشيخ محمد جمال الدين أدرنة (في عصر أدرنة الحديث) الذي توفي في تركيا عام 1750. وقد نشرت لأول مرة من قبل إدريس شاه في عام 1967 في عمله الكلاسيكي «حكايات من الدراويش، تعليم، قصص الماجستير الصوفية خلال الألف سنة الماضية».

القراء‭ ‬الصغار‭ ‬بإمكانهم‭ ‬ربط‭ ‬القصة‭ ‬بأحداث‭ ‬مع‭ ‬حياتهم‭ ‬الخاصة،‭ ‬واكتشاف‭ ‬معاني‭ ‬أعماق‭ ‬الأفكار‭ ‬المطروحة‭ ‬لسوء‭ ‬الحظ،‭ ‬والفرصة،‭ ‬والسعادة‭ ‬الغير‭ ‬متناهية‭ .‬القصة‭ ‬أيضاً‭ ‬توفر‭ ‬فرصة‭ ‬جيدة‭ ‬لإنماء‭ ‬مهارات‭ ‬الأطفال‭ ‬في‭ ‬القراءة‭ ‬و‭ ‬الكتابة‭ ‬من‭ ‬خلال‭ ‬تقديرهم‭ ‬للأدب‭ ‬الجيد‭.‬

في‭ ‬التقاليد‭ ‬الصوفية‭ ‬هناك‭ ‬تواصل‭ ‬بين‭ ‬قصص‭ ‬الأطفال‭ ‬والترفيه،‭ ‬أو‭ ‬قصص‭ ‬الفولكلور،‭ ‬والقصص‭ ‬التعليمية‭ ‬أو‭ ‬المفيدة‭ ‬ـ‭ ‬القصة‭ ‬بمقدورها‭ ‬مساعدة‭ ‬الأطفال‭ ‬بالتعامل‭ ‬مع‭ ‬المواقف‭ ‬الصعبة‭ ‬وتمنحهم‭ ‬خلفية‭ ‬للاعتماد‭ ‬عليها‭ ‬وبذات‭ ‬الوقت،‭ ‬تحفيز‭ ‬التفكير‭ ‬العميق‭ ‬عند‭ ‬البالغين‭.‬

«يُعتبر هذا الكتاب، الذي تمّ تصميمُه للأعمار من خمس سنوات إلى ما فوق، مثالاً ممتازاً من نوع «القَصص التّعليمية» التي تستخدم لتعزيز التفكير النّقدي من خلال القوة التي تتمتّع بها قصّة مُسلّية. فالنِّقاشات حول تحديد الأهداف و المُثابرة و العمل الجاد سوف تفرض نفسها بشكلٍ طبيعي أثناء قراءة هذا الجُزء.»
—KaaVonia Hinton, Ph.D., Foreword Reviews

 

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