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Once Upon A Time or كان ياما كان is a wonderful Egyptian dialect Arabic book of eight stories developed by Tuta Tuta. They chose 8 of the most popular international folktales that stood the test of time and place, and are still being told and retold all over the world. This book imagines if these stories had happened in Egypt and tells them in Egyptian Arabic rhymes, with each story illustrated by a different Egyptian female artist. There is a story from Nuba in the south and finished our journey in the north, in the city Alexandria. Along the way, the tales also visit Sohag, El-Faiyum, Cairo, and the city of Benha in El-Qalyubia. And the book also visits Sinai in the east and EL Bahariya Oasis in the west. In each tale, children will learn a lesson or something new, while enjoying a game; look in each story for one hidden blue eye, because there are 8 that you can spy!
My kids can’t get enough of this book! The illustrations are beautiful and the rhyming text is so fun! Also, how cute is it that each story takes place in a different part of Egypt with different illustrators for each story showcasing the beauty and diversity of the region?! Highly recommend!
My daughter and I LOVED to read this book in our Egyptian dialect. My daughter was so into it and kept saying another one Mami, another one.