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Aziz the Storyteller

by (author) Vi Hughes

illustrated by Stefan Czernecki

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Jan 2001
General, Country & Ethnic, Middle East
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2002
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2001
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


In this enchanting story set in the Middle East, a storyteller becomes old and weary and another would take his place. Aziz discovers that he is to become the next storyteller. All the stories of the world are woven into a magic carpet and lie waiting for him to tell.

About the authors

Vi Hughes has been fascinated by the art of storytelling all her life. She is a writer and educator who teaches the importance of reading aloud to children, especially before bedtime. She lives in North Vancouver near her grandchildren who are her main advisors.


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Stefan Czernecki lives in Vancouver but has traveled all over the world. His work reflects his global outlook, as he draws his artistic inspiration from the folk art of the countries he has visited. Stefan is the illustrator of many titles, including Paper Lanterns, The Singing Snake, The Sleeping Bread, Mr. Belinsky's Bagels and Mama God, Papa God.

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  • Short-listed, BC Book Prize Chocolate Lily Award

Editorial Reviews

“In her debut for children, Hughes crafts a convincing tale to explain the storyteller's art and its transmission from one generation to the next”

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

Aziz Storyteller

All the stories of the world are woven into a magic carpet waiting to be told.

A lofty tribute to the universal art of storytelling, this story can also help students consider the passing on of traditions. Significantly, the picture book can inspire students to retell stories from their own lives. The unique font and black and white illustrations also add to the vivid Middle Eastern setting of this tale.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

Other titles by Vi Hughes

Other titles by Stefan Czernecki