A delightful story, that was a great hit with children. In this story the children empathize with Arnoub on his quest to find a new home and new companions.The children learn the names for the different homes of different animals, the sounds and character traits. The Arnoub song is part of the narrative of the story, flows with it and encourages the children to sing along. Parents and teachers can discuss the different abodes of animals, the foods they eat, the sounds they make. They can talk about feelings. What makes one feel sad, happy, angry etc.
A Home for Arnoub
Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Reem Askari,
Arnoub the rabbit, decides to look for a new home to escape from his noisy neighbor Filo the elephant. Arnoub embarks on a long and exciting journey whereby he faces disappointment and danger but is finally rewarded with a new home with lovely Arnouba.
Anna Lindh's Honor List for the 10 best books for children in the region, at the "101 Books Exhibition" for the year 2010. http://www.euromedalex.org/news/list-101-books-exhibition-announced. Also Shortlisted for Etisalat Children Literature Award
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Dimensions||21 × 5 × 29.7 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: Reem Askari
When I was a kid I used to love drawing. My hair was curly so I used to think I wasn’t pretty. It took me a long time to finish the chores my mom asked me to do, so I thought I wasn’t good at anything, but everyone believed in my drawing abilities. I loved creating beautiful shapes from my surroundings. I even made hand-made gifts to my friends, and enjoyed watching their astonishment at my abilities. In addition to my drawing hobby, I enjoyed acting and taking on different characters. We used to act out many stories that we wrote ourselves in the school playground. My mom says I used to recite many of the events as if they were true, don’t tell my mom that I still think they are real. When I grew up I studied Fine Arts and worked in animation. Later I freed myself to illustrate stories for children. Drawing is really fun, don’t believe anyone that says you can't draw.