Zuzu is a big boy now. He is ready to be potty trained. The family all join in to help Mama with Zuzu's potty training. They soon find out it is not an easy task. Zuzu pees behind the plant, behind the curtain, and under the couch. He pees anywhere but inside the potty! Zuzu then watches how Tala, Jad, Mom, and Dad use the toilet. He notices how they sit on the toilet seat, flush and then wash and dry their hands. One day, to everyone's surprise, he sits on the toilet seat and does his business correctly. His family is pleased at his success, and they clap happily.
Questions for discussion:
- Ask your mom to tell you about your potty experience, then compare yourself to Zuzu. It's okay to laugh a little.
- How did Tala and Jad help Mom and Dad in Zuzu's potty training? Do you help your parents with your younger brothers or sisters? Give an example.
- How did Zuzu finally learn to use the toilet? Give an example of how you learnt something by watching others.
About the Author
Taghreed Najjar was awarded the 2021 Jordanian State Award for children Literature. She has been a several time nominee for the Astrid Lindgren award and a several-time winner and short listee of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature. Her YA novel Whose Doll is This? Won the YA book of the year (2019)
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 “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.