How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale

How Many Donkeys An Arabic Counting Tale Jouha is loading his donkeys with dates to sell at the market How many donkeys are there His son helps him count ten but once the journey starts things change First there are ten donkeys then there

  • Title: How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale
  • Author: Margaret Read MacDonald Carol Liddiment Nadia Jameel Taibah
  • ISBN: 9780807534243
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jouha is loading his donkeys with dates to sell at the market How many donkeys are there His son helps him count ten, but once the journey starts, things change First there are ten donkeys, then there are nine When Jouha stops to count again, the lost donkey is back What s going on Silly Jouha doesn t get it, but by the end of the story, wise readers will be countingJouha is loading his donkeys with dates to sell at the market How many donkeys are there His son helps him count ten, but once the journey starts, things change First there are ten donkeys, then there are nine When Jouha stops to count again, the lost donkey is back What s going on Silly Jouha doesn t get it, but by the end of the story, wise readers will be counting correctly and in Arabic Margaret Read MacDonald and Nadia Jameel Taibah are the tellers of this funny tale from the Middle East The sunny pictures were painted by Carol Liddiment.

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    1. This is a fun tale of a man who keeps miscounting his donkeys as he travels with ten of them to the market and back. Each time he is riding on a donkey, he forgets to count the one he's on and when he only counts nine, he fears he has lost one. This happens over and over and he never learns from his mistake. While this makes for a rather silly and redundant tale, it also offers lots of repetition and practice saying the Arabic words for one through ten. Our girls thought it was a funny story.Thi [...]

    2. This is a silly, humorous Arabian folktale, in which the silly father always forgets to count the donkey on which he is sitting. The repetition of counting in Arabic on every other page will reinforce and help young children remember the Arabic numbers from 1 through 10. The humorous, colorful illustrations are a perfect fit for the text. I especially like the puzzled look on the face of the father every time he thinks a donkey is lost.

    3. Great multicultural counting book. My children thought Jouha was rather silly for neglecting to count the donkey he is riding. Fun to learn to count to ten in Arabic d especially neat that you can hear the author count to 10 on her website. I appreciated the author's note that explained the basis of Juha's character in Middle Eastern folk tales.

    4. So short I read it at the shelf at the library. Fun, but simple. I would have given it 3 stars but I rounded up for the sake of the average community rating, which should not be so low as it is, imo.

    5. The book How Many Donkeys? An Arabic Counting Tale, is somewhat of a riddle that teaches another language. Through the story, students learn how to count from 1-10 in Arabic as they follow the story of Jouha. When first finding this story, I thought that it was going to be something like Ten Little Monkeys and counting would be more of a subtraction story. What I didn’t know was that the story of Jouha is beloved in middle eastern folklore. This book would be a great addition to a bilingual cl [...]

    6. The first thing I have to say about "How Many Donkeys" is WOW!The book itself was great, but the words in it was not so great because I could not pronounce anything. I know children would most likely get annoyed at this book because they would not be able to sound out the numbers in Arabic. It would be a book I would want to read if we were learning about multicultural's, but not for fun unless the students are able to read it.

    7. Very interesting book that is not only in English, but Arabic as well. It is a tale about a little boy and his counting skills. This book would be great when introducing different cultures as well as if you are dealing with the current news of today. I loved the illustrations and the opportunity this book gives students to see a different type of lifestyle.

    8. Jouha is counting his donkeys with dates to sell at the market. When they live the city, everything change and Jouha and his son start losing one of their donkeys. How many donkeys are there? His son helps him count ten, but once the journey starts, things change. At the end of the story, reader will be learned Arabic numbers.

    9. I love this book mostly because of the artwork! The art filled up the whole page. All of the pictures had bright and vibrant color. I really liked how the story was different. It also and the little subtitle things at the bottom!

    10. I think this is a great way to introduce children to the Arabic Language and culture! I'm excited to use it in my 2nd grade classroom. The art is especially effective at creating a picture of what life is like to the Middle East.

    11. This book was neat because the children learn how to count to ten in Arabic! While reading, I found myself counting out loud and really trying to learn how to say the numbers in Arabic. It is really a fun way of learning and the illustrations are nice to look at as well. A great learning book!

    12. Margaret Read MacDonald is one of my favorite authors of folklore re-tellings, but this one fell flat for me.

    13. "An Arabic Counting Tale"Each time Baba counts his donkeys he forgets to count the one he is sitting on. When he gets off and counts again he finds the "lost" donkey.

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