The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad

Author: Saviour Pirotta

I searched for hours to try and find suitable books for a KS2 topic on the Islamic Golden Age and am so pleased to have finally found this – it was exactly what I’d been looking for. The story is accessible and short enough to be enjoyed through a half term’s learning whilst long enough to build depth to the story and characters. Published by Bloomsbury, January 2019, it’s one of many titles from Saviour that link to the National Curriculum for History.

Set in Baghdad, around AD 900, the story follows a young boy – Jabir – as he fights for his family’s survival and to follow his own dreams and passions. He forms a friendship with Yasmina that helps unlock potential and together they solve problems, survive disaster and learn more about themselves.

Through reading this book children will be given an insight into daily life during this exciting period in history and references are made that can then be explored further in lessons. The story will appeal to readers in KS2 and provide a hook and context for deeper learning. As well as forming a good starting point for a topic on the Islamic Golden Age it would also make a valuable addition to a reading corner, school library or text for whole class reading.


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