Written by Maria Da'adoush
Illustrated by Celeste Aires
Fortunately, I am all grown up.
Unfortunately, my pants have become too short for me.
Sometimes this is bad and sometimes this is good.
Pull the tabs and have fun finding out more about what happens to me.
The child in this story encounters a few fortunate and a few unfortunate situations, but his adventure to obtain appropriately sized pants will finish, undoubtedly, with a happy ending.
The interactive presentation of this story’s narrative grants it an abundance of originality, which gives the child the opportunity to guess what comes next on each page.
- Before reading the book, you may discuss with the child the meanings of the words ‘fortunately’ and ‘unfortunately.’
- This book teaches the child to react with flexibility when bad things happen
- Gives the child an opportunity to reflect during the reading and to think about and predict what may happen after each situation
- Helps with positive thinking—in end of the book, the child will realize that when bad things happen, good things will happen too.
About the Author
Maria Da’adoush graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in Creative Writing. She took part in a number of writing retreats.
In 2015 she was honored by Claire Carmichael for her novel writing.
In 2018 she won the Katara award for the YA novel in Qatar.
In 2019 she won the Shoman Foundation Award for her Science fiction novel in Jordan.
IN 2020 she won two awards, the Khalifeh Award and the Arab Publishers’ Multaqa Award.
Maria is an instructor at the Edrak online platform for teaching creative writing.
During the last 3 years, Maria published over 50 books for children and young adults. 8 of them were translated to other languages.
About the Illustrator
Celeste Aires is an illustrator from Argentina.
She Loves bright colors and simple geometric forms.
Her work is funny and joyful, though sometimes also a bit melancholic.
She spends her free time building wood toys for her kids, rock climbing and learning new skills.
She believes in a brighter future were humankind learns to live in harmony, love and respect with other species.
She also believes healthy, meaningful playtime is the best tool for kids to encourage them towards this way of life.