Rhymes, songs, games and plays are an effective and exciting way to develop and practice skills and concepts. They offer a wide choice of ideas for practical activities to introduce and develop a relevant topic. The stories in this book which are based on traditional folk tales deal with elements of nature such as wind, rain, sea, water cycle, seasons, etc. They are performed in a play format. Through these rhyming plays which are easy to stage children ask about their questions and the key characters such as the moon or the aunty answers them. Teachers and librarians will find these stories excellent for round- the table reading aloud and making flexible programming in classroom and group work. This delightful book while acquaints children with their environment, in the meantime enriches and broaden their creativities and experience.
Mahak is a little girl living in the small town of “Marv”. She always feeds birds and waters flowers. One year famine hits their city, the flowers dry and the birds stop coming to their courtyard. With the help of “Imam Reza” the townsfolk pray for rain until one day a pigeon tells Mahak that God has heard your prayers and it starts to rain.
The story is about Iranian hospitality. Mamma’s family is poor. They live in a room in a large old house, where other poor families occupy the other rooms. The young couple that are invited for a short visit, stay for dinner on the insistence of the father. Bahareh and Amir, mamma’s children, are well aware of their poverty, but they do not mention it and assist their parents to entertain their guests. In this way they become familiar with their family hospitality.
The book has been translated and published into English as well as Persian. A group of filmmakers are going to produce a movie based on this story.
24 selected stories based on Masnavi's which is an extensive poem written in Persian by Rumi (a 13th-century Persian Poet). Mathnavi-e Maanavi is the best known work of Rumi consisting of 24,660 couplets in seven books. Rumi includes multiple points of view that continually invite his readers to fall into “imaginative enchantment” .It includes popular stories from the local bazaar to fables and tales from his time. It also includes quotations from Holy Quran.The author has tried to simplify these poems for children to understand .
Mir Space Station
National book Trust, India
Originally written in Persian Languge, this book has been awarded UNESCO First Prize of Children and Young Adults Literature for Peace and Tolerance for the year 2001.
Together with other young adults from different nations, Abtin, a young man from Iran is invited to Moscow to receive training as a visiting cosmonaut. They all travel to the space station Mir.
Looking down upon the earth, they understand the uniqueness of their planet, but also the threat posed by environmental pollution. They also realize that they can no longer make out any national boundaries- the world is one and undivided from up here. This experience arouses the desire for peace and international understanding in these young people. The author combines the message of her story with a well-researched portrayal of life on board of the space station Mir.