Watch Out Jude

Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Lujaina Aseel,


Jude falls off a tree and breaks her leg. At the Hospital her leg is X-rayed and put in plaster. Everybody fusses over Jude but her younger brother Zaid feels left out.

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Parent/Teacher Guide

We all know that children are prone to accidents. This story deals with such an incident. Jude climbs up a tree to free the badminton (bird) but while standing on a branch she decides to show off to her friend and falls down and breaks her leg. “Watch Out Jude” deals with the process of going to hospital and getting her leg plastered. Jude’s younger brother Zaid has conflicting feelings about the whole incident. Seeing all the attention and presents Jude gets from family and friends, he secretly wishes that he could break his leg too. But Jude’s pain and discomfort make him run to comfort her and in the end Jude shares her new toys with him. A great story to read to a child as the process of entering a hospital is demystified and the child is comforted by the happy ending.

Additional information
ISBN 9789957040383
Binding Soft Cover
Pages 24
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2007
Weight 0.0965 kg
Dimensions 17 × 5 × 24 cm
SKU: 15 Categories: , ,

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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: Lujaina Aseel

Loujaina Al-Assil studied Visual Communication and Interior Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University. She has been working in the field of illustration since 1969 and has also supervised the art production in several children magazines in Syria and other Arab countries. Since 2001, she has been the artistic advisor of children's books at the Syrian Ministry of Culture and has hosted six individual painting exhibitions in Syria, Jordan, France, and Italy. In addition to her art exhibitions, Lujaina has taken part and contributed in regional and international books fairs around the world and has presented several lectures and supervised many workshops in the field of children's book illustrations in Italy, Kuwait, Sharjah, Lebanon, Tunis, and Syria.