Who hid the Eid Lamb?

Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Hassan Manasrah,


Grandmother Fatoum tells her grandchildren how as a child she got attached to the lamb meant for the Eid sacrifice .The story is retold in flashback and set in a Palestinian village. The illustrations show the beautiful embroidered dresses of the village women folk and help transport the children to another time and place.

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Parent/Teacher Guide

Celebrations are an important part of a child’s life. One such celebration is Eid al Adha, which comes right after Haj. "Who Hid the Eid Lamb?" Deals with the trauma a child feels when she realizes that the sacrificial lamb, which has become her friend and companion, is about to become the traditional feast for lunch. The parents of Fatoum had unwittingly allowed her to become attached to the lamb. The problem is sensitively resolved by the Grandfather, who gently explains the story behind the sacrifice and then gives the lamb a reprieve. The story is told in flashback from a Grandmother to her Grandchildren. The illustrations show the lovely embroidered dresses of the Palestinian village and their way of life.

Additional information
ISBN 978995704598
Binding Flexi Cover
Pages 32
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2012
Weight 0.1735 kg
Dimensions 22 × 5 × 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: Hassan Manasrah

Hassan completed his studies in applied arts, emphasis on interior design from the University of Balqa’ in Jordan. He also studied fine arts with emphasis on oil painting and took a course in sculpture at the Jordanian National Institute of Arts. He graduated in 2000, and held his first exhibition “Urban Mood” in 2006. He  started illustrating for local magazines in 2003., Later on he moved to animation specifically animation for children. He contributed to the production of an animated series “Pink Panther and Pals” produced by “Rubicon & MGM”. He also illustrated some episodes for a famous children series “Driver Dan’s Story Train” produced by “A Productions Ltd. & BBC”. Hassan illustrated a number of children books published by local and regional publishing houses.