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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Gulnar Hajo
Age Range: Under_5
The dot is bored of sitting in the same place at the end of a line without anything to do. So it gets up and starts to move around. First of all it walks along the straight line where it encounters other dots who are also bored of sitting still. Working together they discover that if four dots each walk in different directions and stop at the same distance apart they are able to make a square. Now this is when the fun really starts!
Syrian author/illustrator Gulnar Hajo’s story, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, is original and unusual. It’s a playful exploration of lines and shapes and how they can all work together. The mainly black and white illustrations with the occasional splashes of bright red, orange and yellow are extremely effective and child-like in their simplicity. It’s a story that is sure to capture the imagination of any child and make them want to experiment with dots and shapes.
Originally published in Arabic by Bright Fingers, a publishing house Hajo co-founded with her husband in Syria in 2004, this is the first time her work has been published in English by a UK-based publisher.