Once Upon a Time
ONCE UPON A TIMEâ€¦. Parenting through Storytelling In this book, Muslim parents will find stories to correct common problem behaviors that will assist them in instilling Islamic concepts in their children. They will also discover how to story tell in a manner that will interest and influence their children in becoming better people. Hoda Beshir Hoda Beshir was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. From the age of two, she enjoyed story time with her mother. To her parents amazement, at three years old, Hoda began to retell the stories of the prophets, may Allahs peace be upon them, with expression and passion, reciting the relevant Quranic verses within the stories. In elementary school, she discovered her love for creative writing. Throughout her life, she has pursued this hobby through schooling, workshops, and university courses, as well as in her spare time. Hoda also enjoyed spending time with, caring for, and educating children from a young age. As a preteen and a teenager, she was happy to baby-sit for family friends and to look after children at community events and halaqas. Through her work as a counselor at summer day camps and as a teacher at the weekend community school, she rediscovered the educational and persuasive tool of storytelling and all its joys for both the listeners and the teller. Hoda has completed a university Honors Degree in Psychology and a Bachelors of Education. Upon graduating from Psychology, she was awarded the Governor Generals Silver Medal for outstanding achievement. During her university studies, she placed special emphasis on Child Psychology and Childrens Literature. In this book, Hoda combines her conviction of Islam, her knowledge of child and educational psychology, and her talent for creative writing and storytelling to present Islamic concepts, habits, and behaviors through wonderful stories that are sure to excite and interest young children.
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