The aim of the project is to preserve these rhymes and make them accessible to young parents of today. Since these rhymes were transmitted orally from mother to child many of them were getting lost due to changing lifestyles and the passage of time. The collected rhymes were categorized according to subjects and presented in three beautifully illustrated board books. An audio Cd and animated DVD were also produced to give the modern day child the complete audio visual experience. We hope that these rhymes will bring joy to children and become part of their childhood memories so that they in turn will pass them on to the next generation
This is How Fish Swim
Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Hiba farran,
This book focuses on rhymes that are based on hand gestures. The rhymes encourages interaction between parent and child like tickling and imitations using gestures.This helps to bond child and parent and fills up the house with the sound of laughter and giggles.
The titles of the rhymes in the book are:
1. Zait, Zait ya Hajjeh
2. Hanna and the Bees
3. My Small Bird
4. Ten Fingers
5. The Rabbit is in the cave
6. Ya Baah Ya Baah
7. Ya Mnaimneh
8. Small as a Kubbeh
10. This is the Way Fish Swim
11. What the Donkey Said
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Dimensions||15 × 1 × 21 cm|
About the Author: Taghreed Najjar
"Taghreed Najjar is a pioneer of modern children's literature in Jordan. A graduate of the American University of Beirut,Taghreed started her career as a teacher before becoming a full time writer of picture books and young adult novels. Her YA novels have been celebrated widely by her readers and various schools in the region have adopted them as part of their curriculum. A number of her books have won awards while others have been translated into foreign languages like English, Swedish, Turkish, French and Chinese.
One of her most critically acclaimed works is a series of ten picture books revolving around six-year old Jude and her family and friends.'The Halazone Series', deals with everyday childhood issues which are treated with humor and deftness by the author. One of Taghreed’s pet projects was collecting old Arabic children rhymes and publishing them in book and digital form to make them accessible to the modern child and family of today. She published two collections of rhymes, the latest entitled 'Musical Tickles' was selected by the National Centre for Children's Literature (a service of the French National Library) as one of the best publications in the Arab World in 2012/2013.
Taghreed is a member of the Jordanian Writer’s Association and takes part in international and regional conferences and workshops that deal with children literature."
About the Illustrator: Hiba farran
Hiba Farran is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor degree in graphic design She has illustrated and designed several children’s books published in Lebanon and abroad. Currently Hiba is interested in the visual translation of knowledge and data to young audiences.