Small Wonders is a beautifully illustrated series of graded Arabic readers that is ideal for learners in grades 3-9 and heritage environments. Aligned to U.S. National Science Education Standards, each book includes interesting cultural information about the Arab world, with stunning images to provide context and visual stimulation.

Designed specifically for beginning Arabic readers, The Hand explores topics such as the many bones of the human hand and wrist, what muscles control movement of the fingers, what is special about the palm, and why the number five is significant in Islam and Judaism. The vocabulary and grammar in Level 1 are carefully controlled to suit novice learners, starting with short, simple sentences and high-frequency words. 

A free audio recording of the complete text is available for download on the Small Wonders Companion Website. Teachers and parents will also find additional resources on the companion website, including:

  • full scope and sequence of topics, grammar, and language introduced at each level
  • word bank for each level, showing complete vocabulary sets used in the series
  • additional activities and extension ideas for each book in the series, suitable for classroom and home use

The Hand is also conveniently available for purchase in packs of five.

SKU: 9780887278204 Language: Arabic Series: OTHER Volume: N/A Edition: N/A Categories: ,


The books are full of very interesting facts about different subjects...Students were able to read the books on their own by looking up the words from the back of the book.

—Sahar Mirshed Stehle, Albert Einstein Academy, Santa Clarita, CA

About the Author

Mahmoud Gaafar is an Egyptian writer, editor and translator. He holds a degree from the American University in Cairo, and has worked with languages most of his life. He has spent many years working for Radio Cairo, the United Nations and various multinational corporations operating in the Middle East, and he also writes materials for learners of Arabic of all ages and backgrounds.

Jane Wightwick is an experienced teacher of Arabic and author of Arabic learning materials.

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