Sleep Zaina Sleep

Written by: Taghreed Najjar, Illustrated by: Jurg Obrist,


Zaina does not like to go to bed on her own. To make her mother stay with her she finds one excuse after another.” Sleep Zaina Sleep” is a story about the vivid imagination of kids and the magic of dreams that can sometimes transform everyday objects into scary things. We may wonder, be scared or amazed at our dreams but it is comforting and reassuring to know that all wondrous things are in dreams.

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Parent/Teacher Guide

Zaina does not like to sleep by herself, she wants her Mama to stay next to her. She makes one excuse after another to bring her Mom back into the room. Mama gently tries to reassure her by saying that sometimes our imagination plays tricks on us and turns ordinary everyday things into scary objects. “Sleep Zaina Sleep” will help children talk about their fears and worries. They will relate to Zaina because like her they may want their mother to stay with them. Children will laugh at Zaina’s fears of monsters when they find out that the “monsters” in her cupboard and under the bed are just her clothes and her teddy bear. Like Zaina in “Sleep Zaina Sleep” children manifest their worries and fears in nightmares which seem very real to them. This in turn makes them fear sleeping time. Mama sings a soothing song to Zaina about how amazing our dreams can be. They may show beautiful fun things in weird settings that will make us laugh like ice cream cones in the sky. At the same time our imagination sometimes makes us dream of strange and scary things like monsters in a forest. We are comforted when we know that our fantastic and scary dreams are but a figment of our imagination. Reading the story, children will marvel at the craziness of dreams and laugh at the flying ice cream cones and the mermaid sleeping in a bed on top of a wave. Children will realize that the scary dreams are just as impossible as the flying ice cream. The story “Sleep Zaina Sleep” can be utilized to help children talk about their happy dreams which may be the result of spending a happy time with family and friends. Happy dreams will tell us a lot about our children’s needs and aspirations. Parents should also encourage children to talk about their scary dreams which may be the result of sibling rivalry, jealousy, feelings of insecurity, shyness, anger etc. Carefully listening to our children’s dreams will tell us a lot about their worries, fears and aspirations.

Additional information
ISBN 9789957040826
Binding Soft Cover
Pages 32
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2016
Weight 0.175 kg
Dimensions 21 × 22 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: Jurg Obrist

After training to become a photo-retoucher, Obrist completed her studies at the Art School of Zürich as a professional photographer in 1975. In 1976 she moved to New York City, and began to work as an illustrator. In 1978 her first children‘s book was published. Since then she has illustrated and also written numerous books for children and youth, while also illustrating for various magazines.