Sky is Raining Food

Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Ahmed Reda Kamel,


Fares is delighted when his mother brings him a turtle to keep as a pet. He calls the turtle Zohlof and has a lot of fun playing with him. One day Zolof wanders off in the garden and Fares is upset and sad when he cannot find him. Zohlof has an adventure on his own in the big garden but he soon gets hungry. Can you guess why Zohlof expects the sky to rain food?

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Parent/Teacher Guide

This is a story that can be a springboard for a number of topics. Parents and teachers can discuss which pets will be suitable for a child and why it is not always possible to have some pets at home; how to be responsible for pets and how to look after them. Another topic can be about the characteristics of water turtles, where they live and what they eat. The title of the story ”The Sky is Raining Food” can be a base for discussion of how reality differs according to how we perceive it. Everyday the turtle sees food falling in its tank from the sky and assumes that the sky is raining food. It is a funny joke but it can also make children think that things are not always what they seem.

Additional information
ISBN 9789957040819
Binding Soft cover
Pages 28
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2015
Weight 0.187 kg
Dimensions 22 × 5 × 28 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. 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: Ahmed Reda Kamel

Ahmad Reda Kamel was born in Cairo, February 1975. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in 1998. Kamel experimented and dabbled in many different artistic forms. First he worked as an interior decorator, then as a furniture designer. Later he moved to wood carvings and then to designing marionettes and other crafts. In 2002 he felt that he had found his calling. The artist started illustrating and designing children books and children magazines and has been working in that medium until the present moment.