Fables Across Time: Kalila and DimnaKids Corner
“Fables Across Time: Kalila and Dimna” is a bilingual children’s book in Arabic and English, with original artwork by Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir. Kalila and Dimna is a collection of animal fables, centered around two jackals Kalila and his brother Dimna. The story cycle originated in India more than two thousand years ago and is considered one of the most popular collections of stories ever written. They were first translated into Arabic in the 8th century. Three of the stories have been adapted in this book; they are tales about resourcefulness, jealousy, and friendship. The themes of the Kalila and Dimna fables can be found in stories from the Greek fables of Aesop to modern fairy tales of Northern Europe, from Africa to the Americas and beyond. The book invites families to enjoy these timeless ancient fables with themes common to cultures around the world.