Something in My Hand
Haifa Mohareb Sawarka
Eden creates an interesting game. She holds on to something tightly in her hand then goes are asking those around her what it is that is in her hand. Who is the one person who guesses the right answer and how will that person be rewarded.
Parent and Teacher guide
Many times children like to play games they make up with adults. Eden created an interesting game. She held something tight in her hand and went around asking those around her to guess what was in her hand?
Eden got many answers that were not satisfying enough for her. Only her grandfather had the time and imagination to play with her a counter game and he got the prize that was held tightly in her hand.
· Points to Discuss: Is it fun to play games with adults? What are your favorite games. How did Grandfather answer Eden’s question?
· Why was it funny?
· What was the prize Eden gave her Grandfather?
About the Author
Haifa Sawarkeh is a Palestinian writer with a degree in Comparative Literature.
She participated in many writing workshops as a researcher and later as a writer of children literature.
While researching children literature she found herself inspired to write stories for early childhood.
Her first published book is “ There is Something in My Hand” which to her delight and surprise was shortlisted for the prestigious Itisalat Award for 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.