Jad and Tala spend the day playing indoors because of the rain outside. That night the storm gets worse. Tala is scared and rushes to Jad’s room to sleep in his bed. Jad comforts her but when the thunder rumbles and roars louder and the lightning flashes brighter both Jad and Tala rush to their parents’ room. Will they be able to go back to sleep again?
Parent and Teacher guide
One stormy night, Tala is awakened by an incoming storm. She is scared and rushes to Jad’s room for comfort. Jad, as the big brother, tries to allay her fears but when the sound of the wind and the roar of thunder become louder Jad sheepishly suggests they go to their parent’s room. They spend the night in their parent’s bed where they feel safe and fall asleep immediately. Unfortunately, it is a different matter for their parents who find it difficult to go to sleep with Jad and Tala thrashing and turning in their bed.
- What is a storm? When does it happen?
- What sounds do you hear during a storm?
-Have you ever been scared during a storm? Tell us about it?
-If your little sister or brother is afraid of thunder what would you tell them?
- What is the best thing to do during a storm so that you don’t feel scared?
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.