Arabian Nights: Scheherazade

This is the first part of our series on the Arabian Nights story with the Dervish Dolls Series for creative play.  Tonight we read the first part of our volume of Tenggren’s Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights.

Before we began I asked my son if he knew who told the stories in the Arabian Nights.  He did not know so I told him about Scheherazade and then read her story to him.  My son wanted to know why the king was beheading all the ladies he married and I explained that he was afraid that the ladies did not really love him and people do crazy things sometimes when they think no one loves them.

My son wanted to know why the king did not kill Scheherazade and I explained that she was a great storyteller and the night she married the king she told him a very exciting story and stopped telling the story when it was time to cut off her head so the king decided to wait one more night to know the end of the story and she told exciting stories every night until the king loved her so much he could not cut off her head.

My son was very concerned about Scheherazade and wanted to make sure she did not die and I said that is why she kept telling stories for 1001 nighs until she was quite sure that she would not die either.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the literature of the Muslim world.


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