Presents translation of eight stories from A Thousand and One Nights, such as Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, The Diamond Anklet and The Speaking Bird and the Singing Tree This title features the frame stories about Shahriyar and Shahrazade The Arabian nights is a compilation of traditional fairy tales with a resemblance to Disney classics such as Aladdin and Cinderella Children therefore are able to make these connections which may interest them further Although there is a likeness to Disney classics, the stories are set in India and the Arab world which puts a slightly different twist on the classic story lines The stories themselves are not too long, with clear text and some illustrations However I would say this book is for The Arabian nights is a compilation of traditional fairy tales with a resemblance to Disney classics such as Aladdin and Cinderella Children therefore are able to make these connections which may interest them further Although there is a likeness to Disney classics, the stories are set in India and the Arab world which puts a slightly different twist on the classic story lines The stories themselves are not too long, with clear text and some illustrations However I would say this book is for keen readers as it appearslengthy in comparison to perhaps a short picture book The stories are inspiring as they entail lessons to be learnt, cultural and family traditions which small children may find fascinating and different to their own experiences Many tales also show that females can be the hero, which is different to a lot of super hero books and therefore the book is great at signalling female empowerment Despite this, the book is easily accessible to both boys and girls A compelation of traditional tails from India, Persia and the Arab world The stories introduce family traditions, cultural differences and sorcery, lessons can be learned from each of the traditional tales which introduce concepts such as determination, or how power can be used for good or evil Many of the stories have a likeness to Disney blockbusters, like aladin, cinderella and little mermaid The tales also show that the girl can often be the hero Though I have not read the original version of The Arabian Nights, I d like to think that Wafa Tarnowska did an excellent job at retelling a beloved tale Of the four versions I ve read, this has to be the most faithful to the original Carole Henaff s illustrations are as beautiful as Wafa Tarnowska s storytelling This book has the kind of story that entertains children and adults, kings and queens, the rich and the poor, the kind of story your grandmother told you when you were little. The Arabian Nights, written by Wafa Tarnowska, is a collection of folklore stories that originate from the lands of India, Persia, and the Arab World I would use this book for fourth or fifth graders I say this because of the amount of text that is in this book as well as how spread the illustrations are between the stories Readers would really have to be strong with just engaging in the text so they wouldn t lose interest Arabian Nights is about a woman named Shahrazade who has agreed to ma The Arabian Nights, written by Wafa Tarnowska, is a collection of folklore stories that originate from the lands of India, Persia, and the Arab World I would use this book for fourth or fifth graders I say this because of the amount of text that is in this book as well as how spread the illustrations are between the stories Readers would really have to be strong with just engaging in the text so they wouldn t lose interest Arabian Nights is about a woman named Shahrazade who has agreed to marry a king who has a reputation of marrying a wife who was then killed the next morning Shahrazade believes that she has a strategy that will allow her to be saved from the King s punishment and that is by telling stories She tells different stories to the King for 1,001 nights and after she is done with her stories, the King realizes that he is not only happy and in love with Shahrazade but that he also has three children as well This book was a WOW book for me because of how beautifully written the stories were as well as the illustrations that were drawn In the different stories, such as Aladdin and the Lamp, The Diamond Anklet, The Ebony Horse, and so many other stories, you really have the opportunity to step into the many cultures that the stories are based on There were funny, emotional, and intriguing dialogue between the characters of the multiple stories that make the reader want to continue reading The illustrations were not overpowering meaning not something that appeared on every page which makes the reader really appreciate the moments that they turn the page and one appeared to look at In my opinion, the illustrations were drawn in a way that almost complemented the text as well as the way the text was written on the pages In my classroom, I would want to use this book as a tool for a scavenger hunt into the Persian Asian Indian culture I found myself many times noticing the same items, names, themes, and even foods between the stories This made me understand that in this culture, these items and things were important and played a big part in everyday life I would want my students to go through the book and pick out what they see repeated or talked about so we could create a discussion about what life was probably like during that time period I would definitely recommend this book to everyone It s such a beautiful display of fantasy, folklore, culture and adventure