No Tala!

Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Aly Zainy,


Tala is sad when Jad refuses to let her play with him and his friend Tamer. Suddenly, the doorbell rings, bringing with it a pleasant surprise for Tala. What could the surprise be? Should siblings always play together?

Parent/Teacher Guide

Jad is excited about spending time with his best friend Tamer during the weekend. Tala wants to play with them but Jad refuses strongly. Tala is sad but Mama convinces Tala to go work on her block castle. Zuzu wants to play with Tala, he crawls towards her and touches her building blocks bringing the castle down.
Poor Tala is upset again. Luckily, the doorbell rings and her friend and neighbor Sara is at the door. Tala cheers up and after they play together all the kids sit down to watch TV and eat popcorn.

* Why did Jad refuse to let Tala play with him and his friend?
* Do you think brothers and sisters should always play together?
*How did Mama comfort Tala?
*Why was Tala upset with Zuzu? Did he mean to bring down her castle?
*If you were in Jad’s place would you have allowed Tala to play with you? Why?
* What made Tala happy?
* How did the kids spend their time at the end of the story?

Additional information
ISBN 9789957042028
Binding Soft cover
Pages 24
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2019
Weight 0.135 kg
Dimensions 22 × 22 cm


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About the Author: Taghreed Najjar

Taghreed Najjar is an award-winning author of children and young adult books. She started writing in the late 70’s while working as a teacher. She is considered a pioneer in the field of children literature in Jordan. In 1996 she founded her own publishing house, Al Salwa, which is now one of the top publishers for children content in the region. She does her best writing in her quiet office overlooking her flower-filled garden, with her pet turtle and cat for company. She especially enjoys interacting with her readers and truly feels privileged to be part of their childhood memories. Her books have been translated to numerous languages. To know more about Taghreed’s books follow her on social media and check out

About the Illustrator: Aly Zainy

Aly Alzainy lives in Alexandria Egypt. As a child he was fascinated by art and would daily draw a visual diary of all that he encountered. He also loved to draw family members, friends and their pets. He experimented with different styles and art mediums and recently started illustrating children picture books with great success.