Book Size: 7.5" x 9"

Pages: 112

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623718701

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Edition: 1

Illustrated by: Margarida Esteves, Hoda Hadadi, Sahar Haghgoo, Christelle Halal, and Esteli Meza

Illustrations: Full Color Illustrations and Map

Ages: 9

Release date: September 2020

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Amazing Women of the Middle East

25 Stories from Ancient Times to Present Day

By • Illustrated by Margarida Esteves, Hoda Hadadi, Sahar Haghgoo, Christelle Halal, and Esteli Meza

$ 19.95

“[An] inspirational collection … Tarnowska presents a range of extraordinary women, including queens, writers, scientists, activists, athletes, and artists from several countries … A few (Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Amal Clooney) will be recognizable to American audiences, but most won’t be, making this resource all the more valuable. Readers will be impressed … this serves as a necessary spotlight on women from a region where they are particularly underestimated and as a testament to female achievement as a whole.” — Booklist

About this book

A superb collection of stories about incredible women from the Middle East

Discover Sheherazade, the famous storyteller, dive into the musical world of the beautiful singer Fairuz and meet Amal Clooney, an outstanding international lawyer. Feel inspired by twenty-five amazing women from the Middle East, who have created a legacy through strength of vision, leadership, courage, and determination.

Written by award-winning author and trailblazer, Wafa’ Tarnowska, this stunning collection of life stories is illustrated by a team of internationally recognized artists. This book is an absolute must-have!

This book features: 
• Scheherazade, Persia, narrator
• Nefertiti, Ancient Egypt, 1370 BCE, Queen of Egypt
• Queen of Sheba, 1050 BCE, modern-day Ethiopia
• Semiramis, ancient Iraq, 811 BCE, Queen of Babylon
• Cleopatra VII, Egypt, 69 BCE, last queen of Egypt
• Zenobia, Syria, 240 CE, Queen of Palmyra
• Theodora, 497 CE, Empress of Byzantium
• Rabiya al Adawiyya, Iraq, 714, poet
• Shajarat al Durr, Egypt, early 13th Century, Sultana of Egypt
• Hurrem Sultan, Ukraine, 1502, Sultana of Ottoman Empire
• May Ziadeh, Nazareth, Palestine, 1886, writer
• Nazik el Abid, Syria, 1887, activist
• Anbara Salam al Khalidi, Lebanon, 1897, activist and feminist
• Saloua Raouda Choucair, Lebanon, 1916, painter
• Fairuz, Lebanon, 1933, singer
• Zaha Hadid, Iraq, 1950, architect
• Anousheh Ansari, Iran/USA, 1966, astronaut
• Somayya Jabarti, Saudi Arabia, 1970, editor-in-chief
• Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, 1974, film maker and actress
• Amal Clooney, Lebanon/British, 1978, lawyer
• Manahel Thabet, Yemen, 1981, economist and mathematician
• Maha Al Baluchi, Oman, pilot
• Nadia Murad, Iraq, 1993, rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner
• Zahra Lari, UAE, 1995, ice skater
• Azza Fahmy, Egypt, jewellery designer

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About the author

Wafa’ Tarnowska is an award-winning writer, translator and storyteller. She was born in Lebanon and has worked and lived in several countries. She holds dual Australian and UK nationalities and she sees herself as a cultural bridge between East and West. Wafa’ began her career as an Arabic language broadcaster in Australia. Then she became the co-editor of women’s quarterly Al Raida. She has translated numerous children’s books from Arabic into English and worked on several documentaries, including one which won the Prix L’OEil d’Or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. She lives in the United Kingdom with her family.

Reviews

“Gr 5-8–[A]n entertaining reading experience … the conversational tone will engage readers. The colorful artwork enhances the text. Using distinctive styles and design elements, five different illustrators bring the women to life … VERDICT ­Recommended for upper elementary and middle school libraries looking to expand their collected biographies or women’s history nonfiction sections.” —School Library Journal

“[An] inspirational collection … Tarnowska presents a range of extraordinary women, including queens, writers, scientists, activists, athletes, and artists from several countries … A few (Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Amal Clooney) will be recognizable to American audiences, but most won’t be, making this resource all the more valuable. Readers will be impressed … this serves as a necessary spotlight on women from a region where they are particularly underestimated and as a testament to female achievement as a whole.” —Booklist

“Courageous leaders, activists, creators, and pioneers guaranteed to inspire … A compilation of short biographies of 25 Middle Eastern women, all trailblazers in their fields, and their achievements, from ancient times to the modern day … These biographies will both inspire readers and correct misconceptions and stereotypes about women from the Middle East.” —Kirkus Reviews

“One of the most impressive biography books we’ve seen in ages, a truly fabulous collection of amazing women gathered together in one mighty tome.”
—ReadItDaddy

“This is a book you will enjoy from cover to cover! Here in one unique volume are twenty-five outstanding women from the Middle East, who have created a legacy through strength of vision, leadership, courage and sheer determination … The illustrations in the book are beautiful with an amazing use of color and different styles throughout … If I could step outside my door today and buy one book, this is the one that I would choose—such a good book.”
—The Book Monitor

“Writer, translator and storyteller Wafa’ Tarnowska’s portraits of 25 pioneering women date from the era of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti (1370–1330 BCE) to contemporary scientists, pilots, architects and astronauts, among others. Her book offers young readers long-overdue role models from the Middle East. Written in a charming, conversational style, Tarnowska’s profiles are educational and empowering … carefully chosen and beautifully illustrated profiles inspire and challenge stereotypes about women in the Middle East.”
— AramcoWorld

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