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Who’s First?

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


Jad and Tala are excited about going to the zoo with Mama and their baby brother Zuzu. In the zoo they start arguing about which animal to see first. Jad tries to pull Jamoul from Tala’s hands.They pull and pull and Jamoul flies in up the air and falls in the monkey’s cage. Will Jad be able to get Tala’s favorite toy back from the monkey?

Parent/Teacher Guide

On the first day of the spring holidays, Jad and Tala plan an outing with their mother to the zoo. Jad wants to see the lions first but Tala wants to see the monkeys first. Since the monkey enclosure is first on the trail they go there first. Tala teases Jad who angrily pulls at Tala’s toy so hard that it flies out of her hand and falls into the monkey cage. Jad is sorry that he upset Tala, so he tries and eventually manages to get the toy back.


* How many seasons are there in a year? What distinguishes each season from the others? Why do the seasons change? Discuss the earth’s orbit around the sun and how this causes the seasonal changes.

* What are the things that you can do in spring? How do you benefit from the visit?

* Do animals have similar characteristics or do they differ from each other? Why do you think Jad liked the lions? What title is given to lions? Why did Tala want to see the monkeys? What are the characteristics of monkeys? Discuss the different characteristics of animals as well as the differences between their natural habitats and what they eat.

* How did Jad get the camel back? What characteristic did Jad discover that monkeys have? Do you know of other animals that copy humans? Talk about the parrot, for example.

* What did Tala do after Jad lost his banana to the monkey? Talk about the importance of sharing.

Additional information
ISBN 9789957041373
Binding Soft cover
Pages 24
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2019
Weight 0.135 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 cm
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.