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category: Children's Fiction
published: Nov 2010
ISBN:9781896580791
publisher: Tradewind Books

The Mouse Who Saved Egypt

by Karim Alrawi, illustrated by Bee Willey

tagged: ancient civilizations, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.
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See how a small kindness can be repaid a thousand times over. In this retelling of an ancient MIddle Eastern folk tale, Karim Alrawi follows up his best-selling The Girl Who Lost Her Smile with another classic fable.

About the Authors

Karim Alrawi

KARIM ALRAWI was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He went to school in England and after graduation he worked as a writer at several theatres including the Royal Court Theatre and the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Returning to Egypt he taught in the theatre department of the American University in Cairo. After his plays were banned by the Egyptian state censor, he became active in the newly formed Egyptian Organization for Human Rights. This eventually led to his arrest and interrogation by state security officers.

After re-joining his family in Canada he taught at the University of Victoria and later was a resident writer at theatres in the US. After a period as editor-in-chief of Arabica, a cultural and current affairs magazine for the Arab-American community, Alrawi supervised aid and development projects (funded by USAID and CIDA) in North Africa and South Asia. He was in the Middle East during the 2011 Arab uprisings.

He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and was an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa. Book of Sands is his first novel. It won the inaugural HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.


Bee Willey

KARIM ALRAWI was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He went to school in England and after graduation he worked as a writer at several theatres including the Royal Court Theatre and the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Returning to Egypt he taught in the theatre department of the American University in Cairo. After his plays were banned by the Egyptian state censor, he became active in the newly formed Egyptian Organization for Human Rights. This eventually led to his arrest and interrogation by state security officers.

After re-joining his family in Canada he taught at the University of Victoria and later was a resident writer at theatres in the US. After a period as editor-in-chief of Arabica, a cultural and current affairs magazine for the Arab-American community, Alrawi supervised aid and development projects (funded by USAID and CIDA) in North Africa and South Asia. He was in the Middle East during the 2011 Arab uprisings.

He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and was an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa. Book of Sands is his first novel. It won the inaugural HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

Contributor Notes

Karim Alrawi
was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He has over 30 professionally produced plays to his credit and has won many national and international awards for his writing, including the prestigious John Whiting Award. He was writer-in-residence at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in the UK and at the Meadow Brook Theatre in the USA. He has also supervises international aid and development programs in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Karim now lives in Vancouver, BC.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 6
Grade:
p to 2
Editorial Review

"The beautifully illustrated story carries echoes of Aesop's fable of the Mouse and the Lion — even to the extent of the parallel between the lion as King of Beasts and Pharoah as the great and mighty ruler of Egypt. However, here there is also a sense of equality between the man and the mouse: so, when Mouse seeks out his fellow mice, he says, 'the kind man who rescued me from the thorns needs our help': the Pharaoh's rank is irrelevant. And of course, the way the mice help is ingenious and could only be done by mice?"
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The Mouse Who Saved Egypt

See how a small kindness can be repaid a thousand times over. In this retelling of an ancient Middle Eastern folk tale, Karim Alrawi follows up his best-selling The Girl Who Lost Her Smile with another classic fable.

A book that teaches kindness and how the smallest creatures can be the most heroic. I would use this book when teaching fables, as well as to encourage readers to consider how morals or messages can be gleaned from adventure stories. Though set in Ancient Egypt, this picture book is relevant to contemporary world issues of power and injustice.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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