Mama We’re Bored
Jad and Tala are bored and don’t know what to do. When their mother suggests they play with their toys they refuse to say their toys are old and they are bored of them. To their horror, their mother confiscates their toys and now they only have papers and colors available to share with their friend Jalal when he comes to visit. Will they be able to have fun with just papers and colors to play with?
Parent and Teacher guide
Jad and Tala complain loudly that they are tired and bored with their toys. The next day they wake up to find that their mother has hidden all their toys. Only paper and colors are available. When Jalal comes to visit, they discover that they can still have fun with only paper and colors. They make and decorate paper airplanes and have great fun playing in the garden.
- What other things can you do with just paper and colors?
- How do you spend your free time during summer break?
- Do you get bored with your toys and games? What should you do when that happens?
- Why did Jad and Tala’s Mom hide their toys? Did it work?
- What are your favorite games when your friends visit you?
- What do you do when you feel bored?
About the Author
Taghreed Najjar is a 2019 nominee for the Astrid Lindgren award and a several-time winner and short listee of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature. Her most recent award, YA book of the year (2019) was for her title Whose Doll is This?
With a portfolio spanning 4 decades, Taghreed – a multifaceted author - writes picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. Her picture books have become classics that are read and enjoyed by generations. While her YA novels have found great success in addressing difficult subjects reflecting political and cultural realities in the region.
Several of Najjar’s books have been recommended by The White Ravens and several have been translated to languages including English, Italian, Swedish, Danish, French and Turkish.
About the Illustrator
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's picture books with great success.