Best Doha Book-fair Finds: ادم و الأصدقاء

Allison Nasser at Syraj.Com mentioned to me a week back that Syraj is on the lookout for new, (fun!) Arabic-language educational materials.

So it was with that not-so-subliminal suggestion that I trolled through the booths at the 2010 Doha International Book Fair.

One of the most exciting new educational discoveries was at the Kalimat booth, where I found—or perhaps Fatima Sharafeddine found, and showed me—ادم و الأصدقاء.

This is a boxed set of six stories to teach reading (٦ قصص لتعليم القراءة ); six colored pencils, full-color cards that draw from the stories, and a coloring book.

The stories “to teach reading” would never seem so to a child. They are delightful, simple, and charmingly illustrated by لورا سكارون. Even though they’re very “easy” stories, I caught the seven-year-old reading them to himself with pleasure. (It is such a pleasure to be able to read to yourself!)

The two-and-a-half-year-old was happy to look and listen. And he always loves cards. He loves stacking them, looking at them, trading them, and he particularly loves using them to quiz his mother.

Indeed, if Kalimat sells these (as they should, because you should buy them), then I would love to see a graduated series by the same author/illustrator/editor team: perhaps this could be another box or two at Level 1, and then a slightly more complex Level 2, and so on.

Who should get this? If your child is learning to read Arabic, and is eight years old or younger (this is best targeted at the emerging Arabic reader, 4-7), I strongly suggest this wonderful resource.

Thanks to Kalimat Sales Exec Razouk Rezk, who put up with me for what I’m sure seemed like hours.

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6 Responses to Best Doha Book-fair Finds: ادم و الأصدقاء

  1. محمد البشتاوي says:

    حقيقة القصة رائعة ومعبرة وتعبر عن عمق تربوي ومعرفي وذوقي..ولكن يبدو أن الكاتب أغفل كاتبة القصص المؤلفة المبدعة م.شيماء البشتاوي والمدونة المختصة في عالم الأطفال وهي صاحبة الرؤية في هذا المشروع من ألفه إلى ياءه ..

    كل الشكر للمهندسة شيماء البشتاوي وفريقها الرسامة لورا سكارون ومن ثم لدار كلمات لذوقهم الرفيع في اختيار الأعمال االتي يقومون بنشرها وإخراجها بالطريقة المناسبة

  2. شيماء says:

    سررت بهذا المقال وان اثار غيظ اخي محمد
    وبوصفي الكاتبة والمنتجة لهذه السلسلة
    كنت اريد أن اضيف شيئا ..
    بعض المعلومات المتعلقة بسلسلة ادم والاصدقاء
    تم اعداد السلسلة خلال أكثر من 6 أشهر من العمل المتواصل
    تم اختيار الرسامة من بين 88 رسام حول العالم تقدموا بعروضهم لي وهي من دولة الارغواي
    أشرفت على العمل كمهندسة معمارية بذات الدقة التي اشرف بها على المشاريع الهندسية
    وكان ذلك يشمل تحديد المنظور اسلوب الرسم سماكات الخطوط الاحجام وغيرها
    تمت مراسلة عشرات دور النشر من اجل نشر السلسلة وكان اول ناشر من اسبانيا معطيا لي نسبة مضاعفة ولكن رغبتي بنشرها في اللغة العربية جعلني لا اوافق
    ببادرة طيبة من سمو الشيخة بدور شخصيا تم نشر السلسة مع دار كلمات ..تم ذلك بعد عام انجاز السلسلة

    بقي ان أقول أن سلسلة ادم حققت مبيعات كبيرة جدا في معرضي الشارقة وبيروت
    وشكرا

    • mlynxqualey says:

      And I’m so glad the project came to fruition! It’s very needed. I am going to bring it in to show one of the principals of my son’s school soon, ISA.

  3. شيماء says:

    Great .. i am interested in any feedback 🙂
    by the way i am developing an Iphone application for Arabic alphabet with completely new concept and creative characters .. content is almost done ..soon will be available at Apple stores

    • mlynxqualey says:

      Cooll!!!! OK, I need more information about that. I’m going to email you as soon as I can make some reporting deadlines.

      I’m so happy to hear this!

  4. شيماء says:

    ready for any questions 🙂
    its not an Iphone application only.. its a project with a vision that aims
    to learn Arabic alphabets in an interesting and lovely way
    sure we need sponsors and partners if anyone is interested

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