Ghoul (The Ghoul)

the ghoul

The big bad wolf?  The monster under the bed?  What are you afraid of?

In Hasan's town the people are terrified of the ghoul that lives on top of the mountain. It is fierce and covered with hair and if you talk to loud or run and scream the ghoul will find you and it will eat you.

Young Hasan has heard these stories all his life until one day he asks his parents a very important question.  Has any child ever been eaten by the ghoul?  Has anyone ever seen the ghoul?  Then, young Hasan decides to climb up that mountain and find that ghoul and see the truth for himself?  Will he be sorry?

This story based on Arabic folktales is about facing your fears. It's also about accepting people.

Plenty of fun when Hasan gets to the top of that mountain - just how scared will he be?

36 pages                            978-1623719258                           Ages 5-8

Keywords:  fears, beliefs, multicultural, Arabic, diversity, diverse books, prejudice, racism, folktale, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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A story about facing your fears and accepting differences, inspired by Arabic folk tales

The villagers are afraid of the "Ghoul." For years, they've tiptoed around the village for fear of disturbing it. The monster doesn't look like them, and it is believed to eat humans.

One day, the brave Hassan embarks on a dangerous mission to face the long-feared Ghoul. When Hassan finally meets the Ghoul living on top of the mountain, he discovers that the Ghoul is just as terrified of people as they are of him. Hassan and the Ghoul realize that they can still be friends, despite their differences.

A beautifully illustrated story that can be used as a springboard to discuss how we perceive those who are different and how our fears and prejudices may be built on false assumptions.---from the publisher

 

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