Folktales, Children’s Literature and National Identity in the United Arab Emirates

Rida Blaik Hourani


This article describes research that explores how UAE folktales may be used to promote specific cultural and behavioural guidelines for and with UAE lower primary school students. By analysing the content of these folktales, and their relevance and appropriateness in children’s literature, the possible ways for language arts subjects to promote literacy through the narration of folktales are considered, particularly in terms of how those folktales are constructed within the UAE cultural index.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680