The story of “The Girl Who Lost Her Imagination” follows a girl named Scheherazade.
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To grow up Arab in America is to endeavor against self-doubt.Arabic, with its formal and colloquial registers, is notoriously difficult to learn abroad, where without immersion it is nearly impossible to relate the written to the spoken forms.Readers acquainted with Arabic children's literature may enjoy that the narrative drives the story, and there is no obvious parable."The Girl Who Lost Her Imagination" is being printed at a moment when mass migration and a growing interest in the Middle East is driving an internationalization of the Arabic language.Saidi is the assistant director of the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. She said she had not encountered a children's book in colloquial Arabic before.
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