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About Our Other Language Editions

Part of Hoopoe’s mission is to promote multicultural education and understanding, and to reach educationally underserved populations. That’s why Hoopoe publishes its stories in a number of other languages, in addition to English:

Books for Families of the Afghan, Pakistani and Middle Eastern Diasporas

These bilingual editions enable children and families of the Afghan, Pakistani and Arabic-speaking diasporas to read wonderful stories in their own languages as well as in English, German or French, and to share their culture – its differences and commonalities – with their classroom friends. 

Hoopoe tales are part of the rich storytelling tradition of Central Asia and the Middle East and have been told continuously for hundreds of years. They foster young reader’s self‐esteem and perception in a unique way, while focusing on universal themes such as problem-solving and overcoming difficulties – plus they are wonderfully entertaining. The combined text and illustrations – all depicting the people, clothing, architecture and animals of these cultures – provide comfort to those children and families displaced from their original homeland, and encourage empathy and understanding between young readers throughout the world. 

“For the children I work with, reading can be a challenge if they are new to English. When they hear stories written in both English and the language spoken in their home, like the bilingual editions of Shah’s children’s stories, it can motivate children to learn new words. Parents, too, benefit from reading and telling stories to their children, and also knowing that it’s okay with the teachers if at first they tell the stories in the language spoken in the home.—Kashfi Khan, teacher of English as an additional language at Hounslow Town Primary School in London

English-Pashto Editions

English-Pashto Editions

Twelve titles are available in English-Pashto bilingual editions.

English-Dari Editions

English-Dari Editions

Twelve titles are available in English-Dari bilingual editions.

English-Urdu Editions

English-Urdu Editions

Twelve titles are available in English-Urdu bilingual editions.

English-Arabic Editions

English-Arabic Editions

Ten titles are available in English-Arabic bilingual editions.

German-Pashto Editions

German-Pashto Editions

Twelve titles are available in German-Pashto bilingual editions (to see these editions, click on the cover of each German-only edition and scroll down).

German-Dari Editions

German-Dari Editions

Twelve titles are available in German-Dari bilingual editions (to see these editions, click on the cover of each German-only edition and scroll down).

German-Urdu Editions

German-Urdu Editions

Twelve titles are available in German-Urdu bilingual editions (to see these editions, click on the cover of each German-only edition and scroll down).

German-Arabic Editions

German-Arabic Editions

Ten titles are available in German-Arabic bilingual editions (to see these editions, click on the cover of each German-only edition and scroll down).

French-Pashto Editions

French-Pashto Editions

Twelve titles are available in French-Pashto bilingual editions (to see these editions, click on the cover of each French-only edition and scroll down).

French-Dari Editions

French-Urdu Editions

Twelve titles are available in French-Dari (to see these editions, click on the cover of each French-only edition and scroll down).

French-Urdu Editions

French-Urdu Editions

Twelve titles are available in French-Urdu bilingual editions (to see these editions, click on the cover of each French-only edition and scroll down).

French-Arabic Editions

French-Arabic Editions

Ten titles are available in French-Arabic bilingual editions (to see these editions, click on the cover of each French-only edition and scroll down).

Additional German Editions

German Editions

Thirteen titles are available in German-only.

English-German Editions

Thirteen titles are available in English-German bilingual editions.

Additional French Editions

French Editions

Thirteen titles are available in French-only.

English-French Editions

Thirteen titles are available in English-French bilingual editions.

Spanish Editions

Spanish-English bilingual titles

Eleven titles are available in English-Spanish bilingual editions.

At the request of many teachers and parents in the US, we have published English-Spanish bilingual editions of the 11 Hoopoe Teaching-Stories by Idries Shah, which are available through local bookstores and on Amazon. In addition, teacher and parents can download free online resources in Spanish.

Readers from Spain may prefer Spanish-only editions of these same 11 titles.

Spanish titles

Right-to-Left Bilingual Editions

For the children of Pakistan and the border regions,​ see our Books for Pakistan website for information on our bilingual editions that pair Urdu with English, Sindhi, Balochi and Pashto.

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