My Grandmother Nafeesa
Majid’s mother suggests to him to spend the day at his Grandma’s house, because she’s going to be busy at a conference all day. Majed gets really excited, he loves going to “Teta Nafeesa’s” house because Grandma Nafeesa is not your typical Grandma. She is an artist and an active Grandma and Majed has to work hard to keep up with her!
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Parent and Teacher guide
Most children have a special bond with their grandparents. Grandparents have the time to love and spoil their grandchildren. This is a story about a day that Majed spends with his Grandmother. Majed’s Grandmother is not your typical grandma figure. She is an artist and an active Grandma, and Majed has to work hard to keep up with her. In this humorous story, very well represented by the beautiful illustrations of Maya Fiddawi, Majed gets to go with his Grandma to an Art Museum, eat lunch in a park and then visit a junk shop in the downtown area of the city. It is a story about the special relationship between a Grandmother and her grandchild. It is also a story that breaks the traditional depiction of Grandmothers in our children literature. It shows active interesting women. Majid’s mother is a busy working mother and his Grandma is an artist. Majed’s Dad chips in to help by taking Majed to and from his Grandma’s house. “ Grandma Nafeesa” is a great story to help children express their special relationship with their grandmothers.
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 and raised in a family that appreciated art, Maya was lucky to have had the support of her family to pursue art from an early age. She studied painting and sculpting at the Lebanese University -Faculty of Arts- while working at the same time for ad agencies and magazines executing murals and storyboards. Maya illustrated her first book in 2004 and has been a children’s book illustrator ever since then. She has illustrated over 35 books and worked with many publishing houses in Lebanon and the Arab region.