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School Library Resources in the Arabic Language
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Animals A-Z in Arabic: An Arabic/English Easy Readerby Sumaiyah Elrazky. (2004)
Summary: On order; 1 Copy Received as of 07/24/2009
Call #: n/a
The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It by Nicholas Awde and Putros Samano. (1986) Secaucus, N.J.: Lyle Stuart Inc.
Summary: This book proceeds step by step through all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words. Nothing essential is left out, but no unnecessary complications are added. Readers will find that progress is rapid and will be surprised at the relative ease with which they master the first steps in learning this increasingly important world language.
Call #: PJ6321 .A93 1986
The Arabic Alphabet [Poster]by El-Labbad, Mohieddine and Poster Education (Firm). (1990) Washington, D.C.: AMIDEAST Publications.
Summary: Brilliantly colored illustrations, each of which represents an aspect of Arab culture or history, accompany the letters of the Arabic alphabet. Each poster comes with a pronunciation guide and explanations of the images shown. Originally published in Egypt in 1985 by Dar Al-Fata Al-Arabi (Arab Children’s Publishing House) and the Arab Workshop for Children’s Books. Kit includes 1 poster (87 x 56 cm) and 1 lesson plan.
Call #: MISC. 96-80
Count your way through Egypt by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson. (2007) Minneapolis, Minn.: Millbrook Press.
Summary: Count your way from one (WA-hid) to ten (AH-shah-rah) in Arabic! With simple text, award-winning authors Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson introduce readers to the Egyptian culture. Learn about everything from Egypt's one great canal to eight items you might find in a tomb. Full color illustrations from Sue Rama bring ancient and modern Egypt to life.
Call #: DT49 .H28 2007
Customs of the Arabian Gulf: Drawings and Paintings by School Children in Bahrain and Dubai by Bahia Fakhro and Ann Walko. (1978) Hamden, Conn.: Arab Customs.
Summary: Arabic headings.
Call #: DS247.A13 F35
Location: Education School Library Book
Getting to Know Saudi Arabia by Ted Phillips. (1963) New York: Coward-McCann.
Summary: Glossary and pronunciation guide.
Call #: DS208 .P48
Location: Education School Library Book
Ibn Battuta: A View of the Fourteenth-Century World by Joan Arno and Helen Grady. (1998) Los Angeles: National Center for History in the Schools, University of California.
Summary: Briefly discusses some of the religious terms of Islam.
Call #: SOC. ST. SUPP. C no. 311
Location: Education Curriculum Materials
Milet Picture Dictionary: English/Arabic by Sedat Turhan. (2003) London: Milet.
Summary: The Milet Picture Dictionary is a vibrant and original picture dictionary for young children—an educational and visual treat. It features beautiful, painterly artwork—something completely new in a picture dictionary—so the child's creativity will be stimulated while they learn words. Objects are set in their contexts and clearly identified, and selected objects are featured separately for emphasis and word practice. All key subjects are covered, including: home, school, food, colors, shapes, plants, animals, clothing, sports, music and others. The dictionary comes in English and an extensive, exciting range of bilingual editions.
Call #: PJ6640 .T87 2003
Sail through with Arabic Lettersby the Iqra’International Education Foundation. (1991) Chicago: Iqra’International Education Foundation.
Summary: This book teaches children and provides exercises in learning the shapes and sounds of each letter of the Arabic alphabet, each presented on one page to color and trace with colorful illustrations of objects whose names begin with that letter. The letter is then presented in stencil to provide practice in recognition and writing. Older students progress to learning the shapes in initial, medial and final positions. Instills independent learning as children learn to group, match, color, analyze and synthesize information through the well-tested and beautifully presented activities.
Call #: FOR. LANG. SUPP. no. 105
Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford. (2008) New York: Roaring Brook Press.
Summary: Art sings on the pages of this visual celebration of Arabic calligraphy as Rumford’s (Sequoyah) collages of floral and geometric designs and flowing lines deftly echo Arabic language and patterns. “Writing a long sentence is like watching a soccer player in slow motion as he kicks the ball across the field, as I leave a trail of dots and loops behind me,” says narrator Ali, explaining his love of calligraphy. Spreads incorporating stamps, money and postcards reinforce the Baghdad setting and complement representational scenes, such as an intricate collage of Ali huddling under a blanket next to his cat, writing. Arabic words, translated in places, sometimes embed in the pages as part of the illustrations, even patterning Ali’s mother’s dress. Like his hero, the famed calligrapher Yakut, who wrote through the destruction of Baghdad in 1258 (“he shut out the horror and wrote glistening letters of rhythm and grace”), Ali turns to calligraphy during the bombing of Baghdad in 2003. In an eloquent ending, he discovers that while the word “war” flows easily, the pen “stubbornly resists me when I make the difficult waves and slanted staff of salaam—peace.
Call #: PZ7.R8878 Si 2008