Julia Johnson’s latest collaboration with the watercolourist Susan Keeble is a captivating story of a Bedouin boy, Hamad, and his Saluki hound Sougha (the Gifted One). It recounts their mutual devotion and the adventures they share to adulthood. Julia Johnson has done much to keep alive the stories of the Bedouin and their way of life to bring them to a readership in Arabia and throughout the world. Saluki, Hound of The Bedouin, is, as always, thoroughly researched, and accurately and sensitively illustrated by Susan Keeble. Children between 6 and 11 will delight at this tale of life in the desert – a life of hunting and herding, of hardship and its rewards, of the hazards of death and the bond between man and beast. All lovers of Saluki will take pleasure in this tribute to a noble breed, offered here to a new generation.
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Saluki: Hound of the Bedouin
This beautifully illustrated children’s book by Julia Johnson tells the story of a young Bedouin boy whose devotion to his dog, Saluki draws him on exciting and sometimes hazardous adventures. A wonderful story to be enjoyed by children between the ages of 6 and 11.
Julia Johnson is a drama teacher turned children’s author, storyteller and performer who first came to Dubai in 1975. She has appeared on stage, TV and radio in the UK and in Dubai, has toured Theatre-in-Education productions to schools and has recorded over 100 audio books.
Julia’s stories frequently focus on the history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula. She has written over a dozen stories for children including The Camel That Got Away, Humpy Grumpy's Mission Improbable and Ubuntu: Summer of the Rhino, which was produced in partnership with Rhino Revolution. The Turtle Secret won the Best International Children’s Book Award at Sharjah International Book Fair 2014.
She has toured schools and colleges in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia with talks and workshops. Commissions have included a story for Qatar’s National Day 2009, an interactive student pack for the Kremlin exhibition for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and a series of five short stories for Kraft (Middle East).
She is a regular speaker at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (EAFOL) and her books have twice been chosen for the Chevron Readers’ Cup.