"Where Shall I Hide?" In English
PAGES 1 AND 2
In Sheherazade’s home in New York City, there are twenty seven hiding places.
There is also an oven, and a washing machine, and other things that only adults care about.
But for Sheherazade, the hiding places are the most important things.
SHEHERAZADE: “My parents don’t know all of the hiding places. But I have a name for each one.”
MOTHER calling: “Darling, where are you?”
RECTANGLE: “Come in, quickly.”
TRIANGLE: “You can hide here next time.”
PAGE 3 AND 4
One day Sheherazade was building a pyramid with wooden blocks, when suddenly there was a knock at the door. People came in and began taking away the furniture. Which meant they were also taking away her hiding places.
DIAMOND: "I don’t want to go."
PENTAGON: "He always says that."
PAGES 5 AND 6
Sheherazade’s parents couldn't see the hiding places, so they didn’t really understand why their daughter was so upset.
SHEHERAZADE: “Why did you take everything away?”
MOTHER: “We will bring in new furniture, darling. Someone new is coming to live with us.”
PAGES 7 AND 8
Four hours passed, and all the new furniture had been moved in.
SHEHERAZADE: “I want to go and find my hiding places, Dada. Now we have new furniture they can come back and play with me.”
FATHER: “We can try, darling. But it will be difficult to find them.”
MOTHER: “New York is a very big city.”
PAGES 9 AND 10
Sheherazade looked everywhere. First, she searched the children’s playground next to the zoo. It was full of tall, straight ladders, swings, and different shapes everywhere.
SHEHERAZADE: “No one is here.”
PAGES 11 AND 12
Then Sheherazade went to the carousel on the river. But none of her friends was there
HORSE: “There are plenty of hiding places here, but I haven’t seen any of your friends.”
SHEHERAZADE: “You speak Arabic?”
HORSE: “Of course. All the best horses are Arabian. Come on, let’s fly up and look for them.”
PAGES 13 AND 14
Sheherazade and the horse checked the tops of the bridges and the skyscrapers along New York’s skyline. They looked north and south and east and west, but still didn’t find them.
PAGES 15 AND 16
By now Sheherazade was getting tired. Her father and mother, who still didn’t really understand what she was looking for, tried to help.
MOTHER: “We went to all the places that you love. Why are you still sad?”
PAGES 17 AND 18
Her mother’s question helped Sheherazade realize what she was doing wrong.
She was looking in all the places that she loved most.
But she should have been thinking about where her hiding places wanted to be. They would prefer to hide in the place with the most shapes in the city.
PAGES 19 AND 20
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PAGES 21 and 22
SHEHERAZADE: “I didn’t know that you also like to hide. I thought that you only like to help children hide.”
HEXAGON: We like to do both. If you ask people things about themselves, you learn a lot.”
PAGES 23 and 24
The hiding places said they couldn’t come home with Sheherazade, but other shapes would move in to fit with the new furniture.
CRESCENT: “Now you will have friends at home. And friends here. Goodbyes in one place will turn into hellos in another place.”
PAGES 25 and 26
MOTHER: “Say hello to your sister Nairouz.”
Sheherazade will continue her adventures, with her sister Nairouz.
[ THE END ]
Sheherazade is a young girl whose favorite game is hide and seek. But what can she do when her hiding places disappear? She has to go and seek them.