An Introduction to Mido: In Arabic

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The stories in Mido are light-hearted and easy to follow, but also engaging, all the while presenting the lively language and culture of Arabs today. However, these stories are aimed at adult language-learners—and not children—as secrets and lies and crime make appearances.

The first chapter serves as an introduction to Mido and his family, as we take a peek at the household’s typical morning. Mido’s father, mother, brother, and sister each feature in a chapter showing a day in their lives. And Mido, our hero, stars in the remaining chapters.

The Arabic texts appear on the left-facing pages, while the English translations can be found on the right-facing pages along with cultural and language notes. (Note: The print version of the book is black-and-white.)

Dozens of beautiful illustrations can be found throughout the book to help the reader better understand the texts. Audio recorded by native speakers is available to stream or download for free from each book’s product page.

Chapter 1: Mido's Family

Let’s meet Mido and his family as they start a typical day around the breakfast table. Which character do you relate to most?

Chapter 2: The Wrong Bus

Mido has a little adventure as he gets lost in the big city. How does he find his way home?

Chapter 3: Visiting Grandma

The family pays a visit to Grandma. But do the kids want to go?

Chapter 4: A Secret Rendez-Vous

Mido’s older sister sneaks away to meet a boy from school. Will she get caught?

Chapter 5: Playing Hooky

Mido’s older brother is not a star student. Where does he go when he cuts class?

Chapter 6: Mido's Secret Friend

Mido finds a stray cat. How does he try to help?

Chapter 7: The Crisis

Mido’s father is robbed at work. How does he cope?

Chapter 8: Tea at the Neighbors'

Mido’s mom runs into some old friends. What do they talk about?

Chapter 9: The Wallet of Dreams

Mido and his friend find some money on the street. What will they do with it all?

Chapter 10: Kidnapped

Mido finds himself kidnapped. Can he escape?

This article was adapted from the Introduction of the book Mido.