Mr. Policeman

Compiled by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Hiba Farran,


The rhymes in this book deal with jobs and occupations. Some may not be familiar to the city child of today, like the buggy driver, the shoeshine boy but others, like the carpenter, doctor and policeman are. The rhymes are fun to sing along and connect children to their roots.
Titles of the rhymes in this books are:
1- Mr. Policeman
2- This is What He Does
3- The Tomato Seller
4- The Bread Seller
5- Oh Stonemason …
6- The Barber
7- Abu Mahmoud
8- The Shoeshine Boy
9- My Grandfather is a Farmer
10- Today is My Birthday

Parent/Teacher Guide

Have fun with your children and teach them about the different occupations people have. In this book the following occupations are mentioned, carpenter, stone mason, tomato seller, bread seller, doctor, policeman, shoeshine boy, peasant, tailor, blacksmith, artist and barber. Children will have fun repeating and singing these funny rhymes and also learning about what each job entails. The rhyme “This is What He Does” mentions a job for each of the seven sons and the child is encouraged to make the appropriate movement that goes with each job. This rhyme mentions the number 7 so the child can count the sons and the jobs. The rhyme "Oh Stonemason" about the stone mason and the carpenter can also be categorized with the Silly Rhymes because of the made-up words that start the rhyme “eelek beelik boom!” and the strange out of context situations. Another rhyme that is connected to an occasion is “The Barber” , it is usually recited by the proud mother or grandmother to celebrate the first hair-cut. The mother shows her love and future aspirations for her child as she hopes that one day he will become the Sheikh of all Sheikhs. Nursery rhymes can be enjoyed by parent and child and form a link between the two generations. They also set the stage for the child to read. The child finds it much easier to memorise a rhyme because of the verse found in the words. A child who has listened to rhymes and memorised them early on will enjoy the experience of “reading” them to the parents from the books and connecting the sounds memorised with the words.


One of the best publications in the Arab World in 2012/2013 - as selected by the National Centre for Children's Literature (a service of the French National Library)

Additional information
ISBN 9789957040666
Binding Board Book
Pages 18
Age Range 0+
Year of Publication 2013
Weight 0.1955 kg
Dimensions 15 × 1 × 21 cm

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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.