Ancient Stories of the HODJA

by John E. Hillman



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/20/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781468582154
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781468582161

About the Book

This book, and the next two volumes in the series, are perfect for reading to your children. I guarantee that you will find the experience highly enjoyable and your child will be left spellbound and hungry for more! All of the Hodja Stories have a little “twist” to them, an unexpected or thought provoking view of life. The stories themselves are ancient and have their roots in the Persian Empire of 2500 years ago. They are extremely popular in modern day Turkey and in the Middle East. There are some literal translations about but due to the complex language used they are difficult for young children to appreciate and fully understand. In these books the stories have been re-written in a simple form that Primary age children can understand and relate to but without distorting or watering down the story elements, or essential meaning, in any way. The stories rely on careful thought process and the child’s application of lateral thinking to fully understand the hidden message within each story, Each volume contains carefully graded stories. The text for Volumes 2 and 3 has already been completed but I await illustrations drawn by the readers. It was great fun preparing the illustrations in Volume 1 but in later volumes I would like to include pictures drawn by the readers. Inside the volume are details of a competition which all readers are invited to enter. See the Competition page inside for full details! If their picture is chosen for inclusions in Volumes 2 or 3 they will win a free book containing their illustration, signed by the author! Email me at for further news and updates on the competition results and more books.

About the Author

John Hillman, MSc, BA, Cert Ed, DipACE comes from a British Army Family. As a boy he attended 15 (mainly Army) schools in places far apart as Germany, Tripoli, Brighton, Yeovil, Scunthorpe and Grantham. At an early age he decided to become a teacher and now lives in North West Kent. Quite uniquely he has taught the entire age range from Primary age to Adult the full age range of students taught is 4-92, from every early years to University level. He has a first degree in the Sciences and a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Information Technology. Riddles, puzzles, twists and the unexpected have always fascinated him – and his two sons! There will be further competitions in the remaining volumes