Samar and Rami spend a fun afternoon play-acting, and are delighted when their mothers return from shopping with the surprise they brought along. Lift the flap to see what the surprise is!
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Parent and Teacher guide
Role play is an integral part of growing up. It helps children make sense of the world around them. In "Anything", Samar and Rami have fun role playing while their moms go shopping. As they read or are read to, children will relate their own experiences of similar play-acting to Samar and Rami’s play-acting.
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 of today. 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
Born in 1985 in Paris, Nadine Kaadan lived most of her life in Syria where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Demascus in 2007. She participated in many workshops and got a diploma in Designing children's books from Saint Martin College of Arts in London. She currently works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. She has worked with different publishers and illustrated a number of children books.