Arabic English Handy Review Book {Tutorial} Plus Hands Around the Library {Review}


We made these hand(y) review books for Hands Around the Library by Karen Leggett Abouraya with beautiful collage illustrations by Susan L. Roth, as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

The story is about former children librarian Shaimaa Saad and library director, Ismail Serageldin, in February 2011, during the Egyptian upraising.

They both worked at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria, Egypt. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is trilingual, containing books in Classical Arabic, English, and French.

At the time, people were very unhappy with the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. They held rallies, demonstrations and parades to voice their concerns.

The library staff was worried, since the library has been destroyed before. But on this day, people from within the parade broke out of the demonstrations and linked hands on the steps to protect the building.

The pages are stunning, showcasing different aspects of Egyptian style, including colorful quilts, hijbas and the clothing of the Muslims & Christians who held hands.

The back of the book contains a double-page photo spread with more information of the uprising and the library itself. There is a resource page, which I loved, since it included the Arabic words shown on the protest signs.

My favorite page was hands holding the Egyptian flag that was opened on the library steps.

This gave my daughter and I the inspiration to make these handy review books, to write down what we think about a book.

Supplies

  • Various colored card stock
  • Corner punch
  • Glue stick
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

My daughter started to make the review book by drawing an outline of her hand

She added a rectangular tab, for the staples later.

Next, my daughter cut out the hand. She used this hand to cut out as a template to make several others from different colors.

After all the hands were cut, she cut out all the tags for inside the review book. I typed them both up for her, in Arabic and English:

  • TITLE OF BOOK / عنوان الكتاب
  • THEME / موضوع الكتاب
  • AUTHOR / مؤلف
  • SETTING / إعداد
  • FAVORITE EVENT / حدث المفضل
  • RATING / تقييم

She made all the corners round on the slips of paper to make it look nicer.

To add them to the hands, my daughter added glue to the back of the pieces of paper and centered them on the hands.

The final step is to staple all the hands to each other.

We made a review book in English.

We also made a review book in Arabic. We made sure to start the book in the opposite direction and added our staples accordingly.

If you want to save some time, you can make the English and Arabic into one review book. Just start the English from one side and the Arabic from the other.

If you enjoyed making this handy craft, check out these others:

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about the Arab world.

Arabic Christmas Pallet {Tutorial}

This Arabic Christmas pallet decor was so easy and took so little time to construct.

Eid Milad Majid {عيد ميلاد مجيد} is how to say Merry Christmas in Arabic. Eid means holiday, Milad means birthday & Majid means glorious, loosely translated to stand for Festival of the Glorious Birth. Christmas is celebrated by roughly 64% of Arab Americans in the US who are Christian.

I took advantage of this Plaid Enterprises, Inc. pallet’s wood sign having four boards to stack the words, adding a star to the top, to create the shape of a Christmas tree.

I made this sign today and gave my daughters a day off to catch up on tests.  If you want your kids to get involved in the sign construction, you can Xacto out the words from the paper to turn them into stencils. This frames the letters nicely for them to sponge paint, rather than hand stencil.

I cut and paste عيد ميلاد مجيد into a Word document & played around with sizes so that the Majid at the bottom was much larger in size than the Eid at the top.

Supplies

Wood pallet

Paintbrush – Large for cover, small for writing

Tracing stylus

Paint – aqua, cardinal red, daffodil yellow, wicker white

Blue tape

Carbon paper

عيد ميلاد مجيد – printed & cut

The first step is to paint the background colors. I picked the aqua and cardinal red as complimentary colors, alternating them.

After waiting a few hours for everything to dry, I taped my word down, placing the carbon paper under it, before tracing the letters.

Then I removed the word and the carbon paper, to start painting with the white.

For the final touch, I added a star to the top. I just cut out an eight point star, called a khatam in Arabic, from a piece of paper. I cut out the bottom longer, then traced it with the carbon paper, before painting it yellow.

Once everything was painted, I left everything flat for a few hours to dry.

That is it.  Super easy, correct?  I will want to add a cover of Mod Podge to help seal in the colors, but tomorrow to make sure everything is dry for 24 hours.


To see other ways we have discussed Christmas, please visit:

Arabic Christmas Card {Printable}

Arabic Christmas Ornament {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to check out other tutorials that teach about the Arab world.


Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book is Here!

Eight years ago, I printed the Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster and today I’m celebrating the self publishing of the Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book.

 

I always knew the poster would grow into other products to introduce the Arabic language to kids in a colorful, bright, and fun way.

 

Soon I went on to produce magnets and a successful Kickstarter campaign for game cards.

 

I also created the Arabic Colors Animal Poster and today I am excited to announce the debut of the Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book.

 

The new Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book features all 28 animals and their corresponding letter with a sturdy 125# cover. There are also two Arabic alphabet poster images inside, to help with original animal colors.

 

It also has a new coloring book Parent and Teacher Guide to help with each letter.  The paper is made from a 70# paper weight to withstand crayons or markers and each animal is printed on a single page, so there will be no bleed through.

 

Right now it is only available on A Crafty Arab’s Zibbet shop. I will update this page as more places become available.

 

Sign up for the newsletter to get the first three letters for free.

 

If you are in Seattle, a few copies will be sold at the Gates Foundation Holiday Marketplace on November 30th and December 1st. I am donating proceeds from each sale to help a local refugee organization, Salaam Cultural Museum. I will also made them a limited supply of Arabic Christmas Cards.

Shukran (Arabic for thank you) for supporting A Crafty Arab.