The Hard to Please Horse
The young horse Ashhab is a dreamer. He tries out different jobs and finally stumbles on the right one while helping a circus clown put his act together.
Parent and Teacher guide
Children are not all the same. Some are down to earth while others are dreamers. Some are extroverts while others are introverts. The dreamers are the ones who are deemed different and sometimes looked at negatively for not following the herd. Ashhab is a story about a different horse. A horse who is a dreamer who does not find himself in the traditional jobs that horses are expected to take. Happily he stumbles on the right job which makes him and others happy. Teachers and parents will find more than one angle to discuss with the children.
About the Author
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
Imad Wahibi is the son of renowned artist Muhammad Wahibi. He has a Master degree in Mathematics. In 2006 he started working in animation while still pursuing his studies. He animated a number of Arabic cartoons for television and illustrated children picture books and magazine stories.