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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)
My Own Special Way
by Mithaa Alkhayyat (Retold by Vivian French)
Age Range: 6-8
Hamda has four sisters – Hind, Fatima, Tamila and Alya but none of them want to play with her because she is too little. Hamda is fed up; somehow she needs to prove that she’s a big girl just like them, but how? Then she has an idea and soon she has the whole family joining in.
This Early Readers book written by Mithaa Alkhayyat was first published in the United Arab Emirates. Translated into English from Arabic by Fatima Sharafeddine it has been retold by Vivian French. It is a simple story about growing-up, individuality, and family and giving an insight into the customs of another culture.