These fun rhymes give children the opportunity to practice counting up to 10. They also help in numeral recognition,and some addition. In the rhyme entitled “Lets Count to 10” for example, a connection is made between the shape of different things and the shape of each numeral which makes it easier for the child to recognise numbers. In the rhyme “Two Rabbits”, the colors black and white are mentioned. In the rhyme “Oh Flower” the children join in with 3 claps which helps teach them the concept of the number three. The concept of 3 is repeated in the rhyme “Us Three Together” where opposites are also mentioned. Tall and short, front and back.The rhyme "How Much Do I Love You?” gives a child his first sense of the vastness of the universe while at the same time giving him the reassurance and security of the endless and unconditional love of his mother.Some of the rhymes have an underlying meaning which comes from the traditional occasion of the rhyme. One such rhyme is “Seven Camels”. On one level the children can enjoy it as a counting rhyme, but on another they can be told the occasion of this rhyme which will make the rhyme even more special. This rhyme was recited by the mother or grandmother to the celebrate the first tooth of the child. The rhyme shows how much the child is loved and how his mother is ready to bring him 7 camels laden with all sorts of nuts to make the special sweet for the occasion called “snounieh”. This traditional story behind the rhyme will increase the child’s self image and make him or her feel that they too are loved and cherished by their parents
Us Three Together
Compiled by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Hiba Farran,
Counting games and Rhymes are common among children in many cultures. This book has many traditional counting rhymes that relate to basic numeracy. It can help children learn to count to 10 or just have fun with numbers. Some of the rhymes were used as counting out games where children would chant the rhyme pointing at each child in turn and when the rhyme ended the child pointed at would be counted out of the game.
Titles of the Rhymes in this book are:
1- I Have an Egg
2- The Bear Got Up to Dance
3- Seven Camels
4- Us Three Together
5- Count to Six
6- Hakara Bakara
7- The Fox
8- How Much Do I Love You?
9- Oh Flower
10- Two Rabbits
11- Let’s Count to 10
12- The Story Has Ended
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)
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.