Mahtab Stories

Title: Mahtab Stories

Author: Mayam Fayazi

Illustrator: Mahboube yazdani

Publisher: Nardeban Books pubs

Date of publishing: 2017-first edition

No of pages: 96 (24 each vol)

Age group: 5+



Sample English text is available.

About the Book:

Mahtab collection is one of red Nardeban series or the life skills books. In this four-volume collection, the writer has tried to train one skill in every book, according to the list of the World Health Organization’s list of life skills. Stories are written for age groups A and B, and a main character of the story has the characteristics of today’s children, most of the stories of this collection are acceptable for kids and children can use the Mahtab’s method in dealing with problems.

Vole 2: Let’s Go to the Park

Part of “Let’s Go to the Park”: Mahtab went to her mom in the kitchen and said, ‘mom, let’s play together.’ Her mom was working so hard in the kitchen, and said, ‘Sure my sweetheart, but first I should dice these and throw in the meal, and then I should make a salad, and then I should wash…’

Mahtab did not let Mom finish her sentence and went to her Daddy.Let’s Go to the Park is the second title of Mahtab’s four-volume collection. Mahtab Collection is one of life skills books of Nardeban, the children and adolescents’ unit of Entesharat Fanni Iran. In these books, the writer has tried to explain the concept of creative thinking in a simple story. Mahtab in this story is a girl who doesn’t find a playmate and has to find a way to entertain herself. Developing the creative mind in children is an effective way to create self-
In a part of the book we read:

Mahtab reached her hand and got a doll from under the bed. It was her doll, Miss. Sara, who was lost for two weeks. She kept looking at the doll until Miss. Sara put her hand on her waist and said: what? Why are you looking at me like that? I said let’s play. Mahtab said: what game can you play?Did Doll say: me? I know all the games, just say what games do you like.


Vole 3: Not everything can be glued

A part of the book ‘Not Everything can be glued, but’: Mahtab is so happy because her grandma has come to stay with them for a while. One day, her grandma is asleep and Mahtab tries to get close to her silently but she tramples and breaks grandma’s glasses. Now the only way that comes to her mind is to hide glasses. ‘Not everything can be glued, but’ is the third book of four-volume collection of Mahtab that is one of the life skills books of Nardebaan, the children and adolescents’ unit of Entesharat Fanni Iran. In this story, the writer tries to explain the perceptible and tangible concepts of courage and honesty in a simple story. Mahtab breaks her grandma’s glasses and now she should choose between honesty and secrecy. Every choice has some results and Mahtab at first goes the wrong way and hides the glasses and then with her parent’s help she gets back to the way of responsibility and honesty.
In a part of the book we read:

When mom came back, Mahtab showed her the grandma’s eyeglasses and said: Can we fix this with glue? I promise to be careful next time. Mom looked at her and the glasses for a while. She took two deep breaths and raised her eyebrows a little and finally said: I’ll fix it but apologizing to grandma is your own job.


Vole 1: Who goes first

A part of the book ‘Who goes first’: one day on the way home from preschool, at the intersection, Mahtab’s mom stops. Mahtab is shocked and doesn’t understand why her mom stopped? Then her mom explains about traffic lights and priority. Now Mahtab is a police officer and should guide the cars on the carpet.

‘Who goes first’ is the first book of the four-volume collection of Mahtab that is one of the life skills books of Nardebaan, the children and adolescents’ unit of Entesharat Fanni Iran. In this story, the writer is teaching the concept of urban law in a simple story. The event that takes place at the beginning of the story makes Mahtab get responsible for teaching urban law. The author has tried to teach children concepts like responsibility and discipline.
In a part of the book we read:

Mahtab didn’t know what to do but suddenly she thought of a good idea. Soon she got a paper from Mani’s desk and drew something on it and then she put the paper in the middle of the intersection and said: well it’s okay now. You don’t have to fight anymore. Cars together asked: what’s this? Mahtab said: this is traffic light. When it is green it means you can go and when it’s red, you should stop and the cars on the other side will pass.


Vole 4: I’m not sleepy

A part of the book “I,m not sleepy”: It’s bedtime but Mahtab does not like to sleep. She makes excuses to stay awake. Finally, she tells her mother that Sara, her doll is afraid of darkness. Her mother takes their hands and shows them everything in the light and they understand there’s nothing to be scared of and Mahtab and Sara sleep safely.

“I’m not sleepy” is the fourth title of a four-volume collection of Mahtab. Mahtab’ Collection is one of the life skills books of Nardebaan, the children and adolescents’ unit of Entesharat Fanni Iran. In this story, the writer tries to teach children the ways of fighting the fear of darkness in a simple story. Fear of the dark is a prevalent fear of kids and this story explains strategies to fight this fear.

In a part of the book we read:

Mahtab looked from the bathroom’s window to the moon in the sky and a teardrop slowly came down from her eye. She remembered her last night’s dream that a big and fat bogeyman came out of the closet. Her bear looked at Mahtab and said: don’t worry, if the bogeyman comes again, just call me. I’ll give him a good lesson.


About the author

Maryam Fayazi (1982)

studied industrial management at Tehran University but after a while got attracted to literature and especially children and adolescence literature. She has written and translated many books for children and adolescence. She also owns a bookshop for children’s books.

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