My sister popped round to see me when I was in London last week on her way to Marbella, Spain with my adorable nephew in tow. She came bearing these two delightful books released by Project Pen called 'Jamila's Thread and Other Stories' as well as its Arabic translation "أبو الفول وقصص شعبية أخرى"
The books contain stories of cruelty and love, envy and magic, darkness and cunning; of ogres that transform into little girls, a grey mouse who learns to love, and a boy that becomes a humming bird.
'Jamila's Thread & Other Stories' is a collection of folk stories from the Middle East & Sudan, adapted by Project Pen, for children and adults, that aims according to the book's introduction to 'rediscover the beauty of folk tradition and classical storytelling in the Middle East and Africa'.
There are ten stories in all with my number 1 favourite starting on page 103 (in the English-language copy / 113 in the Arabic copy)!
The English copy is available to download on ibooks and amazonkindle.