Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Frère Jacques Translated into Arabic

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John,
Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

هل أنت نايم ؟ هل أنت نايم ؟
خويا جان ، خويا جان
جرس الصبح يرن ، جرس الصبح يرن
دنج دانج دونج
دنج دانج دونج

hal inta nayem, hal inta nayem?
khouya john, khouya john
jaras alsubho yarenno, jaras alsobho yarenno
ding dang dong
ding dang dong

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster is Here!

I know I haven't been on here for a long long time. But to be honest, I've been very busy. I can make a huge list of what I've been up to, but we can all save some time and you can just head to my website: www.ACraftyArab.com and check out my calendar page. Yeah, I know, I'm exhaused just looking at it too.

But my big big project that I've been working on for the last year that has finally come together the last few weeks is my new (drum roll please) Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster!

This is just so exciting. This is the first step in creating my whole Arabic Alpahbet Animal line. After the poster, there will be flash cards, memory games, place mats, bibs, bed sheets, stuffed animals, books, really the sky is the limit.

Nothing like this exists right now. A product line that makes Arabic learning fun for kids. Can't wait to see where this takes me!

Buy it here, or go to  www.acraftyarab.com to see the new website for this new line!

Friday, September 10, 2010

List of Children’s Books about/for Arab Children

Here is a list I've compiled of books that are written in English that will give a positive view of the Arab culture and evade stereotype.

* Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Does my head look big in this? New York: Orchard Books, 2007.

* Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Ten things I hate about me. New York: Orchard Books, 2009.

* Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Where the streets had a name. New York: Scholastic Press, 2010.

* Azzoubi, Rana. Million Star Hotel. Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing, 2009.

* Azzoubi, Rana. Through a Mud Wall. Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing, 2007.

* Bahous, S. Sitti and the cats: A tale of friendship. Boulder, CO: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1997.

* Ben-‘Ezer, Ehud. Hosni the dreamer: an Arabian tale. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1997.

* Boueri, Marijean. Lebanon 1-2-3: A counting Book in Three Languages. Exeter, NH: Publishing Works, 2005.

* Boueri, Marijean. Lebanon A to Z: a Middle Eastern mosaic. Exeter, NH: Publishing Works, 2005.

* Bunting, Eve. One green apple. New York: Clarion Books, 2006.

* Butler, Sean and Shannon. Issa and the Coin. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2007

* Carmi, D. Samir and Yonatan. New York: Arthur A. Levin Books, 2000.

* Clinton, C. A Stone in my Hand. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2002.

* Cohen, Miriam. Layla's Head Scarf. Cambridge, MA: Star Bright Books, 2009.

* da Costa, Deborah. Snow in Jerusalem. Morton Grove, IL : A. Whitman, 2001

* Devine, Barbara. Elvis the Camel. Northampton, MA: Crocodile Books, 2002.

* Durkee, N. The Animals of Paradise. London, UK: Hood Hood Books, 1996.

* Ellis, Deborah. Children of War. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood Books, 2009.

* Ellis, Deborah. No Safe Place. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood Books, 2010.

* Farmer, Nancy. Clever Ali. New York: Orchard Books, 2006.

* Geyer, Flora. Saladin: the Muslim warrior who defended his people. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2006.

* Gray, Nigel. A Balloon for Grandad. New York: Orchard Books, 1988.

* Hafiz, Dilara and Imran Hafiz and Yasmine Hafiz. The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook. Phoenix, AZ: Acacia Publishing, 2007.

* Heide, Florence Perry and Judith Heide Gilliland. Days of Ahmed’s Secret. New York: Clarion, 1990.

* Heide, Florence Perry and Judith Heide Gilliland. The House of Wisdom. New York: DK, 1999.

* Heide, Florence Perry and Judith Heide Gilliland. Sami and the Time of Troubles. New York: Clarion, 1992.

* Henderson, Kathy. Lugalbanda: the boy who got caught up in a war. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2006.

* Hickox, R. The Golden Sandal. New York: Holiday House, 1998.

* Hill, Eric. Boby Yazhab Ilal Madrasa (Spot Goes to School) (Arabic edition). New York: Interlink Pub Group, 1988.

* Hughes, Vi. Aziz the Storyteller. Northampton, MA: Crocodile Books, 2002.

* Hussain, Asim. Khadijah goes to School. Toronto, Canada: LogixPlayer Inc. 2011.

* Johnson-Davies, D. Aladdin. Dokki, Cairo: Hoopoe Books, 1995.

* Johnson-Davies, D. Goha the Wise Fool. Dokki, Cairo: Hoopoe Books, 1993.

* Johnson-Davies, D. Stories from the Arab Past. Dokki, Cairo: Hoopoe Books, 1997.

* Johnson, Julia. A is for Arabia. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2005.

* Johnson, Julia. The Cheetah's Tale. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2004.

* Johnson, Julia. A Gift of the Sands. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2005.

* Johnson, Julia. Humpy Grumpy Saves the Day. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2007.

* Johnson, Julia. One Humpy Grumpy Camel. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2006.

* Johnson, Julia. The Pearl Diver. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2003.

* Johnson, Julia. Saluki, Hound of the Bedouin. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2005.

* Katz, Karen. My First Ramadan. New York: Henry Holt and Co. 2007.

* Kimmel, Eric A. Joha makes a wish: a Middle Eastern tale. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2010.

* Laird, Elizabeth. A Fistful of Pearls ad other Tales from Iraq. London, UK: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2008.

* Laird, Elizabeth. A little piece of ground. Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books, 2006.

* Lewin, T. The Storytellers. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1998.

* Marchant, Kerena. Muslim Festival Tales. Austin, TX: Raintree/ Steck-Vaughn, 2001.

* Matthews, Mary. Magid Fasts for Ramadan. New York: Clarion Books, 1996.

* Matze, Claire Sidhom. The Stars in My Geddoh’s Sky. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman, 2000.

* MacDonald, Margaret Read. How many donkeys? An Arabic counting tale. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co., 2009

* MacDonald, Margaret Read. Tunjur Tunjur Tunjur: A Palestinian Folktale. Cavendish, Marshall Corporation, 2006.

* Mobin-Uddin, Asma. The Best Eid Ever. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2007.

* Mobin-Uddin, Asma. My Name is Bilal. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2005.

* Morris, Ann. Grandma Hekmatt remembers: an Arab-American family story. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 2003.

* Munshey, Sana. We're Off To Make 'Umrah. Leicestershire, UK: Islamic Foundation, 2010.

* Nagda, Ann W. Dear Whiskers. New York: Holiday House, 2000.

* Nicki, Peter. Crocodile, Crocodile. Northampton, MA: Crocodile Books, 1976.

* Nimr, Sonia. Ghaddar the Ghoul and Other Palestinian Stories. London: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2008.

* Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi. New York: Simon Pulse, 1999.

* Nye, Naomi Shihab. Sitti's Secrets. New York: Four Winds Press, 1994.

* Oppenheim, Shulamith. The Hundredth Name. Honesdale, PA: Boyd’s Mill, 1995.

* Osborne, Mary Pope. Season of the sandstorms. New York: Random House, 2005.

* Raatma, Lucia. Queen Noor: American-born queen of Jordan. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2006.

* Rumford, J. Traveling man: The journey of Ibn Battuta. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

* Rumford, James. Silent Music. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2008.

* Sales, Francesc d'A. Ibrahim. New York: Lippincott, 1989.

* Shalaby, Alaa. Geemo and the Missing Egg. Mckeesport, PA: ShalabyMedia, 2008.

* Sharif, MedeiaBestest. Ramadan. Ever. Woodbury, MN: Fluz Publishing, 2011.

* Shefelman, J. A Peddler's Dream. Austin, TX: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

* Sheffield, Marilyn. Fizza the Flamingo. Northampton, MA: Crocodile Books, 2003.

* Shulevitz, Uri. The travels of Benjamin of Tudela. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

* Simpson, Juwairiah J. L. A Wicked Wazir. Plainfield, IN: American Trust Publications, 1990.

* Simpson, Juwairiah J. L. The four daughters of Yusuf the dairy farmer. Plainfield, IN: American Trust Publications, 1984.

* Simpson, Juwairiah J. L. The Jinn in the Clock. Plainfield, IN: American Trust Publications, 1990.

* Simpson, Juwairiah J. L. The Princess Who Wanted to Be Poor. Plainfield, IN: American Trust Publications, 1987.

* Smith, Chris. One city, two brothers. Cambridge, MA : Barefoot Books, 2007.

* Spalding, Elizabeth and Sarah. Dahman: The Mystery of the Champion Arabian Horse. Saudi Arabia: Al Mutawa Press, 2006.

* Stamaty, Mark Alan. Alia's mission: saving the books of Iraq. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

* Stanley, D. Saladin: Noble prince of Islam. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

* Stolz, J. The Shadows of Ghadames. New York. Delacorte Press, 2004.

* Tondino-Gonguet, Grace. Halimah and the Snake And other Omani Folk Tales. London: Stacey International Publishers, 2008.

* Von Denffer, Ahmad. Islam for Children. Leicester, UK: Islamic Foundation, 2008.

* Whelan, Gloria. Parade of shadows. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

* Whitesides, Barbara. Sugar Comes from Arabic. Northampton, MA: Interlink Books, 2009.

* Wildsmith, Brian. Animals to Count. Long Island City, NY: Star Bright Books, 2009.

* Wilkes, Sybella. Out of Iraq. London, UK: Evans Brothers Limited, 2010.

* Williams, Karen Lynn and Khadra Mohammad. Four Feet, Two Sandals Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007.

* Winter, Jeanette. The librarian of Basra: a true story from Iraq. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc, 2005.

* Zeman, L. Sindbad: From the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights. Toronto, Ontario: Tundra Books, 1999.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The really cool cats use Zibbet.com

Why do I love selling on Zibbet.com? Let me count the ways:

1. Admin support. Go ahead and try it. Send them an email and see how fast they respond. I double dare you.

2. Options. You can get a Basic shop (list up to 25 things for free) or you can get a Premium shop (unlimted listing).  {Update - you can now sell 50 items!} 

3. Friendly folk. The forum community is great. No one poopoos on you and there is a ton of advice. All you have to do is be nice yourself.

4. Easy upload. Everything is on one page. No more going back and forth from one page to the next trying to update or change.

5. Support of your other shop fronts. You got a shop on Artfire? DaWanda? Etsy? If you have a Premium shop you can go ahead, list them all on your profile page. They want you to make money, doesn't really matter where.

6. No favorites. The featured sellers are picked at random. It's not an Admin's best friend and you don't have to bribe them with gifts to make it on the front page.

7. Scoop! There is a Twitter account just for updates from the site. No need to use an 8 ball to find out why the site is down. Just moizy over to Twitter and follow @ZibbetScoop for the lastest updates.

8. Discounts are passed to you! For every premium seller you bring to the site, you get $1 off your own account. So you can even start a basic store, get your referral code and start passing it out to build up your discount. {This service has been discontinued} 

9. Coupon Codes, Sales and easy Customer contacts, oh my. Yup, those things you've been begging for for years at other sites? They are all here, just waiting for you after you sign up for Premium Account.

10. Decorate your own space! Do you only sell pink things? Wouldn't it be cool if your shop had a pink colour scheme to make all your pink things? You can pick the colours your customers see, and rearrange all the items in your shop front.

Go ahead and try it. Just get the Basic account for free and see if you it is working for you. You are welcome to use my Referral Link here, just in case you'd like to support a starving artist.

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