Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Zeinab Faydee,


While Ali is selling “Ka’ak”, Simsem the cat jumps through a “Ka’ak” that gets stuck around its neck. An exciting chase follows where Simsem runs under, over, beside, between different things in the souk and the story ends with a contrite Simsem helping Ali sell his ka’ak.

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Parent/Teacher Guide

The Ka’ak seller is a familiar sight in many cities in the Arab world. In this story Simsim the cat is bored and wants to play with Ali but Ali is busy selling his Ka’ak. Simsim decides to jump through a round ka’ake that Ali is holding like a hoop, the Ka’ake gets stuck around its neck. Ali is angry and chases Simsem all over town. The child will enjoy the chase around town .This funny story focuses on place words like over, beside, between, under. The story is narrated using the predictable language approach. The child is encouraged to join in the fun repetition found in the narrative.

* Ka’ak is a doughnut shaped bread cake with sesame seeds usually eaten with za’atar( thyme)

Additional information
ISBN 9789957040703
Binding Soft Cover
Pages 24
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2013
Weight 0.1475 kg
Dimensions 17 × 5 × 24 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: Zeinab Faydee

Zainab attributes her love of drawing and design to her childhood where she started drawing from a very early age inspired by the cartoons that she used to watch. As she grew up Zainab was influenced by her father a famous architect and her uncle who is an artist and admits that their guidance and direction really helped her at the start of her career. In 2002 she moved with her family to Jordan and decided to study Architecture, as Zainab believes that architecture is the 'father' of all art. She is now getting ready to study masters in animation design in the UK and hopes she will one day open her own animation house and revive old Iraqi and Arabic folk tales. Zainab has published three books with Al Salwa Publishers entitled “Nashma and Jassem”, “Kaak” and a young adult novela entitled “Raghda's Hat”.