A unique collection of stories that children will love.
An easy way to make your bookshelf more diverse and inclusive
• Each story follows the adventures of Haya and Hamad as they travel from England to visist their cousins Amal and Ali in the United Arab Emirates. Folklore, heritage and traditions are brought to the modern day in an engaging way that appeals to today’s children.
• Stories have strong moral messages and help promote cultural understanding and tolerance.
• Bright illustrations help to reduce stereotypes and help BAME children see themselves in the stories they are reading at school or at home.
Time to Fly
Haya and Hamad are getting ready to leave the UK and fly to the UAE to visit their cousins, but Haya has lost her new sunglasses!
Hamad is being very clumsy and Amal compares him to Shanaq bin Anaq. She tells Haya a story about this loveable giant.
A New Game
Amal and her friends play Al Laqfa, but Haya feels left out because she doesn’t know the game.
An Important Day
The children are at a National Day parade when a soldier loses his flag. Can they help him find it?
A Special Tree
Haya and Amal are playing by the palm trees in the garden. There aren’t palm trees in England, so Grandmother teaches the girls all about these special trees.
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Haya is working on a patchwork quilt, but the boys accidently ruin it. Haya is upset, but the family works together to make her a new one.
A Hot Day
Hamad and Ali are playing out in the garden, even though they know they shouldn’t be out in the midday sun. Who do they encounter? Donkey Noon!
A Day Out
On a day out visiting the ruins of an old palace, the boys find something exciting. Is it an ordinary object or treasure?
A Lot of Sweets
It’s Eid al Fitr. After Haya eats all of her sweets very quickly, Ali convinces her that it is Eid al Nagat, the folklore character who comes after children that eat too many sweets. But is it really?
Adventure in the Garden
Hamad suggests camping in the garden, but it’s a disaster! Until Grandmother and Grandfather decide to give the children a Bedouin experience under the stars.
An Important Lesson
Amal is frustrated that the other children keep wasting water, so Grandmother tells them a story about the beloved folklore character, Juha who comes across a leaky pipe in the desert.
A Silly Mistake
When a journalist accidently believes that Ali has spotted a rare onyx, lots of people turn up at the school technology fair. Can Ali make things right?
A Very Clever Bird
When a falcon appears in the garden, the children know it belongs to a Bedouin man who is camping in the desert. The man is in trouble and the falcon has come to them for help. Can the children help?
Adventure at Sea
During a visit to the port, Hamad is intrigued by the dhow boats. So, when a sailor invites him aboard his board, Hamad is excited. Unfortunately, the adventure quickly turns into a nightmare…
Race in the Desert
Hamad and Ali enter a competition to make robot riders for a camel race, but nothing goes to plan. They are about to give up, when their father’s friend asks for help with his camel.
Preparing for a Trip
Grandmother is disappointed in Ali and Amal’s attitude towards buying new things for their trip to the UK. So, she tells them a story about the time when Juha met some foolish travellers who loved new things.
A Snowy Mistake
All of the children are playing in the snow in the UK and forget that they promised to take some food to their elderly neighbour, Mr Jones. After he falls in the snow, can the children make it up to him?
Danger at the Beach
The children are looking for crabs in the UK with their new friend, but they get in trouble as the sea gets closer and the waves get higher. Can they get back to the beach safely?