Children's Book Series
The Caring Kids Series by Dr. Irma Ghosn
|Caring Kids is an
award-winning series of contemporary realistic fiction and fantasy for
children ages 8-12 by Irma K. Ghosn. The stories are set mainly in the
Middle-Eastern context and feature themes of environment, ecology, human rights, tolerance, peace
and social responsibility. The stories aim at raising children's
awareness about social issues, instilling in them the idea that
individuals can make a difference and nurturing emotional intelligence. The
characters are mostly average children (or animals in situations that
children can easily identify with), who experience problems and conflict,
both universal and regional. Some of the stories in the series are fantasy
where the characters and events will reflect real life situations in
symbolic form. The use of animal characters in human-like situations
allows the reader wider interpretation options and fosters more creative
reading. However, there will be no magical solutions offered; no fairy
godmothers with magic wands, but creativity and responsible
problem-solving that all children are capable of and examination of
feelings and relationships.
The stories will address the need for belonging, achievement and adventure while offering a motivating and meaningful context against which the children can examine current social issues and explore the underlying values. The discussion opportunities provided by the stories invite the teacher to listen to the children, their experiences and feelings and help them reflect on these.
A message from the author: I am very excited and quite proud of my first published series. I would like to thank you for showing interest in the series and I hope you and the children who read will enjoy it as well as benefit from it. I did all the illustrations on my own, except for the cover illustrations. The covers were done by Maggie Brand. I think the covers are delightful and tie the series together, visually. I will try and get Maggie to do ALL the illustrations in my next series. Irma K. Ghosn
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available teacher's guide describes the philosophical and theoretical
rationale for the benefits of literature for the developing child in
general and the use of stories in the second language class in particular.
It also provides some basic guidelines for language teachers who have not
used unsimplified stories in their classes. The literature link activities
connect the local issues to global context and enable the teacher to
develop thematic units around the stories.
Caring Kids received the 1998 Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials from TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and is published in Beirut by Dar El-Ilm Lilmalayin, P.O.Box 1085, Beirut, Lebanon. Tel +961-1-306666 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The series contains these 10 stories:
The Little Hen