'The Lonely Chapatti'
This is a children's story that was developed through Yesmien's love of storytelling, her passion for connecting communities, and building relationships through educating pupils at an early stage.
'The Lonely Chapatti' is a simple story that starts with the cooking of unleavened breads on a Tandoor oven in Pakistan – and unfolds to tell the journey of one overlooked chapatti and the journey to her destination. Along the way, we meet small children, a happy goat, a scary dog, and a poor fisherman and his family.
A story filled with cultural references, ‘The Lonely Chapatti’ is enjoyed by parents, grandparents and is being used by many as a diverse teaching aid for children under the age of 11.
Written by Yesmien Bagh Ali and with beautiful illustrations by Richard Trinder. Published by Yorkshire Times
Maggie Tookey MBE , Overseas Project Director, Edingburgh Direct Aid
‘This is a really lovely little story.
I'm almost 70 years old but I was immediately drawn into the fate of the poor chapatti during its eventful journey through its short life, each adventure being beautifully illustrated. These encounters finally lead to a rather nice moral conclusion.
The story can't fail to charm all those who read it, young and old. I thoroughly enjoyed it.’
John Tomlinson Retired teacher and OFSTED Inspector
As a teacher, it is always a great pleasure when you see a former pupil succeeding. As a geography teacher, it is also wonderful when you find new material on a part of the world that should feature more in geography classes. As a grandparent, it is fun to find new stories that can be read to grandchildren. ‘The Lonely Chapatti’ fulfills all these criteria.
Yesmien has many years of experience working with children in schools and helping them to understand other cultures and other parts of the world. It is good to see her now able to reach more children with this storybook based around the area of Mirpur, in Northern Pakistan. The book relates to the rural traditions and introduces a traditional moral story. I can’t wait to read it to our two grandsons.
My first customer enjoying 'The Lonely Chapatti'
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