Ali and the Cat

Over the past few months we have been working on a project with our Language Partners and let me just that besides getting my host sister to listen to country music it is one of my proudest achievements since coming to Oman. We have written and produced a children’s picture book, entirely in Arabic and with pretty fantastic illustrations.

It was a long process since we had to first map out the story in English and then spend whole class periods figuring out how to construct one to two sentences, with just the right form of a certain verb and a noun that had the correct connotations, all while making it child and student friendly (we had to make sure that both us and potential children audiences would be able to understand.)

The finished product is a short story about an Omani boy who loses the cat his mom gave to him for his birthday. He goes out in search for it and visits many famous places in Oman and meets animals native to Oman who help him with his search.

Besides the incredible and suspenseful story line my favorite part is the illustrations. My friend Anna drew the characters and we then placed them on top of our own photos from the locations mentioned in the story that we have taken over the year. The overall affect is really cool and hopefully I’ll get around to translating it into English!

We had the books printed out and we then took them to the Royal Hospital to read to long-term patients in the pediatric ward. It was so fun to share all of our hard work with kids that understood it and actually got a lot out of it. And hopefully found our pronunciation struggles somewhat funny.

Here are some pictures from our story!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Allen Israel
    May 14, 2014 @ 11:57:13

    Stars are born in Oman! Love the story and graphics!


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