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by Fawzia Mai Tung
In a lively conversation between Grandma Nainai and her Grandson Zakiyy, the reader finds a rich retelling of Charles Perrault’s fairytale, Donkey Skin. This proves to be quite the adventure for Nainai, as children are more curious, knowledgeable, and interactive today than they were in her youth. The result is a “wonderful tale,” beautifully illustrated in whimsical watercolors by Kadhima Tung and playful comic strips by Qadri Tung.
Dr. Fawzia Mai Tung introduces her “May Fairy” series, the first volume of which is titled “The Wonderful Tale of Donkeyskin.” Written and illustrated for third and fourth-grade reluctant readers, the series retells global fairy tales through the character Grandma Nainai. Free teacher resources are available with each book.
|As they read story after story, their metacognition, or upper-level cognitive ability, develops, and they eventually read the way we adults do: their eyes read the words while their minds process, analyze, summarize, draw analogies, or conclude.