Ala’a belongs to a small village that exists in peace and calamity. Suddenly, from the horizon appears a mythical creature that resembles a winged wolf. This wolf kidnapes Ala’a’s father and some of the villagers. Ala’a finds himself obligated to go through a huge adventure where he enters a mysterious unfamiliar magical world.
Ala’a conquers the flying wolf when he overcomes his fear as he received great help from the children in the village.
This is a story for children between the age of 7-12.
Composed by: Haneen Shweikh
Cartoon: Ali Al-Zeini
Translated into German by: Zuhair Sokah.
The story has been written in Arabic and translated into German in an attempt to integrate the refugees with the host society on the one hand, and to support the Arabic content in Germany on the other hand.
Haneen, the story composer, lives in Hanover for almost 4 years now. She speaks German fluently but writes her stories in Arabic.
Haneen speaks of her fond to her mother language saying “I have never faced any troubles learning Arabic or writing in Arabic because it is strongly present in our lives. I learned how to read when I was 3 years old via illustrated stories and puzzle games. I maintained my language when I came to Germany by studying Arabic at home and continuous reading in Arabic”.
About her experience she elaborates “I started composing poetry when I was 5 years old. I had imaginary friends. I used to talk to my mother about these friends and she used to ask me about them and about their daily routines too. After that, I started to write stories”.
The book is issues by Khotoat and funded by Miso and writers. It has been distributed in Germany to kids of different nationalities.