THE QUEENS AND I

THE QUEENS AND I

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My book launch in Barcelona was graced by the presence of Catalonia's grand diva of children's book illustration, Pilarin Bayes, Spain's internationally acclaimed author/illustrator Roser Capdevila i Valls, and last but not least, Spain's award winning multi faceted artist and writer Carme Sole Vand ...
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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!

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Ever since I published my first two books for children in 1997, I have received invitations to present my work outside Saudi Arabia, but due to a number of factors, this is the first time I have actually accepted.What you see is the invitation sent out to the children of Barcelona to attend my book ...
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NO PICTURES?!

NO PICTURES?!

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Dear Mr BJ Novak,A few nights ago, despite the initial objections, I read “The Book With No Pictures” to my two youngest children for the first time. I understood that the entire point of the book was to make fun of the grown up reader, so I was prepared to be laughed at. I had seen footage of y ...
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“The Quilmaker’s Gift” Is a about a greedy king who thinks that filling his castle with beautiful things will bring him joy, yet the more his collection grows, the less he is satisfied. The last thing he tries to acquire is a quilt, but the Quilt maker’s price is that he gives all his treasu ...
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THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULDN’T

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULDN’T

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“Mama,” remarks my eldest daughter, “’Keep trying’ is the approach you always take, but you have to accept that some things are unchangeable no matter how hard you try… you’ll burn yourself out.”If you don’t know or don’t remember the story of the ‘Little Engine That Could’, ...
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Andrej Dugin

Andrej Dugin

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When this picture was taken, I was sitting on the terrace of my bedroom in southern Germany. My mind was struggling to register two things: the first was that my surroundings were real. In my hometown, everything between earth and sky is enveloped in veils of sand, so my eyes needed time to adjust t ...
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TODAY I WON A PRISE!

TODAY I WON A PRISE!

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If you click the About button on my Children’s book page, you will see that next to AWARDS it says: ‘Halla does not participate in competitions. She believes the greatest reward is a child’s smile.’I was reminded of this tonight in the most heart-melting way. I recently visited the outstandi ...
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WHERE ARE THOSE BLASTED TEETH?

WHERE ARE THOSE BLASTED TEETH?

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As the famous Toni Morrison tells her students: “Don’t write what you know, you don’t know nothin.”Well over a decade ago, we visited the Museum of Natural History in Toronto. My first-born was gazing at a map of the world’s fauna when he turned to me and said: “Mama, Saudi Arabia is emp ...
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ICH WAR IN DER DEUTSCHEN SCHULE!

ICH WAR IN DER DEUTSCHEN SCHULE!

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If you asked to do a presentation and book signing at a school, would you choose:A. A school with over a thousand students that speak your mother tongueB. A school with over a thousand children that speak your second languageC. A school of around one hundred and fifty children that speak a language ...
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THE MISSING PIECE

THE MISSING PIECE

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It is often said that entering a relationship presuming that you can change your partner is a detrimental mistake.I think that presuming that your partner will never change is an even greater one.“The Missing Piece” and “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O” are two books I wish I wrote. They a ...
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