age 6, asks me to help her get started. She drew the figures in the
corner, I wrote the abbreviations for Hassan, Ali, Ahmed and the
Princess for her. We used an alternate symbol idea s well, Brother 1,2,
& 3 and C for cousin (I had to explain the marrying of a cousin
idea!). Then, she took off from there. She drew the paths of all three
brothers, what they bought, how much the paid. She drew the purses of
gold, but then said, how will someone know they are gold? Oh, I'll put
a G on them (she reverses letter and numbers a lot, so if you look,
there's a backward G there).
We summarized the gifts up top in symbols - the tube carpet does not cure the princess, but the carpet and apple does, etc.