Abu and his donkey have been together for as long as anyone can remember. Every day they bring water to the village in the mountains, and every day the villagers are waiting for them, ready to fill their pots. Sometimes the donkey carries firewood, sometimes sacks of rice, and in the long dark nights she has a very special job to do. But one day a young man in a big shiny truck rolls up. He can carry more of everything and much faster, can’t he? So what will become of Abu and his donkey now? But big isn’t always best, and nothing can rival the experience of an old man and his tried and trusted friend, especially in the mountains!
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The Old Man and His Donkey
This heartwarming tale of the kindly old Arab and his (equally old) donkey is beautifully told and illustrated and is sure to appeal to children and adults alike, wherever they live. In paperback.
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Charlene has lived and worked as an artist, illustrator, and educator in Canada, Thailand, Switzerland, the UK, and currently in Qatar. She earned her BFA with Honors in her home country of Canada. While living internationally, she embraced teaching art at various levels and earned her Master’s in International Education in Switzerland. She has contributed to various Qatar-based art and education projects, with past collaborations including the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Qatar Museum Family Programmes, Medina Publishing, and several international schools in Doha. She is an active member of the Association of Illustrators and the International Artists of Doha. In her home, Kasdorf nurtures her own two imaginative “sand pirates.”
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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.