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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Anna Lindh Foundation: Best Arabic Children's Books

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue Between Cultures announced its top ten Arabic children's books. The award is part of the Foundation's "100 Books Exhibition" at the Cairo International Book Fair, which aims to circulate 100 Arabic children's books in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. The Foundation site hasn't yet posted the top ten on their sight, but Moroccan blog The View from Fez is proud to announce that a Moroccan children's book has made the list.

Written initially in French, Raconte-moi le zellige was recently translated into Arabic by Mohamed Belmlih, and published by Casablanca’s Yanbow Livres Publishing House. According to The View from Fez,
Ahki li ez-zellige (Tell me about zellige) by Nadia Benmoussa takes the reader in an immersion in the art and history of the Zellig (traditional tiles) through the journey of a hero, Ali, and his master. Tell me about Zellige sends young readers in a marvellous travel in Fez, Marrakech and back in Andalusia, to discover the splendour of this Moroccan architectural art.

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