How Do You Turn a Ghoula into a Butterfly?
While Rabie was pretending to be a wizard, he heard knocks at the door. Knock, knock, knock…Standing at the door was a giant Ghoula! What does she want with Rabie and will he be able to put a spell on her and turn her into a beautiful butterfly?
Parent and Teacher guide
While Rabie is holding his magic wand pretending to be a wizard ... abracadabra!
He hears a series of knocks at the door. When he opens the door, to his great surprise he finds a giant Ghoula standing at his doorstep. He tries to talk to her but she does not understand a word he is saying. Rabie can see that the Ghoula is friendly and harmless so he introduces her to his friends. When she slurps her food and makes a big mess they quickly realize that the Ghoula does not know how to behave properly so Rabie and his friends decide to teach her some table manners. They also start teaching her how to read and write. In return, and to everyone's surprise, Ghoula teaches them how to dance ever so daintily just like a butterfly.
- What is a Ghoul/Ghoula? Is it a real or imaginary creature?
- How did Rabie know that the Ghoula was hungry?
- How did the Ghoula eat her soup?
- How should we behave when playing sports?
- Did the kids enjoy teaching the Ghoula how to read and write?
- Did the Ghoula teach the kids anything in return?
About the Author
Amal Naser is a multi-talented writer who writes picture books, novels,
poetry, and plays. She is a professional trainer who presents workshops on creative writing to children and young adults. She started her career as a children's magazine chief editor. In 2011 she took over the production and editorial department in Dar al Banan and left her mark there.
In 2016 her book “The Tunnel” won first prize at Beirut Bookfair. In the same year, she won the Abdul Hamid Shoman award for best play scenario. In 2020 she established her own publishing house “Rummana” which will focus on young adult publications.
About the Illustrator
Ghazaleh Bigdelou was born in Tehran, Iran where she obtained a degree in painting at the art University of Tehran. She has been published more than 100 books. Some of her books entitled white ribbon, The joke, In the moonlight, Thousandth wedding, an umbrella with white butterflies, in the middle of the corridor... were selected for different biennials like Belgrade, Italy, South Korea, Sharjah, Germany, Croatia, Japan, Bratislava.