Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Almost ready

My book is nearing completion!  Finally, the project has progressed to the point that the book is ready for readers, and the games are ready for play-testing. 

If that sound fun to you, leave me a note in the comments, and we'll get in touch.  Otherwise, keep your calendars open for the launch party =)

For those of you who are new to this, the book helps parents and kids talk about what it means to be a woman by showing historical and mythical figures who did remarkable things.

The games are loads of fun, and help promote learning, image recognition, and reinforcing the values described in the book.


  1. Mabrouk, looking forward to seeing it!
    You're going to hate me but it came to mind recently that the project may be missing a dimension of womanhood that, unlike all the above which are shared with men, is specific to women. Where are the Mother figures and models of compassion? Gaia, Ashtart, Mary, Kwan Yin, Mother Teresa, even Florence Nightingale...
    I know it's not fashionable for women to be the ultimate feminine anymore, but nobody can fill those shoes if they forget how.

  2. We're interested! I'm curious about the changes you've made.

  3. @Joumana - Yes, I agree those aspects are important. I think that the earlier drafts particularly suffered from that problem. At present, I am hopeful that I have managed to strike a decent balance with those perspectives in the text. For example, in the advanced card game, Isis is the motherhood exemplar (as the mother of all pharaohs). Further Durga's aspect of compassion has also been emphasized. Would you like to see the draft and give me your thoughts? I certainly don't want to exclude any of the items you have raised. Also, future volumes must be kept in mind ;)

    @Katherine - Sound great, I'll be in touch.

  4. Awesome! Though, the title reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpjmeyI2pfI .

    What's the age range for the games? And is this going to be something we can buy and review you on Amazon? :) Cris

  5. @Cris - Ha! Can't go wrong with Sesame Street on my side =) Yes, after the final draft is ready, I click the magic button and it well be available through Amazon. This can take 6-8 weeks. I'm hoping for sooner.

    There are basically three games. A basic memory game (images only) for 3-4 year olds. A go-fish type game for 4-5 and a more complicated cards game system that I dreamed up for 6-9 year olds.

    There's also a coloring book of the images for younger kids to play around with.

    Also, any title ideas would be happily received.

  6. I can do that if you'd like me to :)

  7. Hi, Matthew! We would love to check it out and test out some of the games. Sounds like it's really coming together!

  8. Very cool Matthew! Looking forward to seeing more.