Watermelon is Noura’s favorite food. One day she hides a big watermelon under her bed so she can eat it all by herself after everybody goes to bed. Something very strange happens in the middle of the night. The watermelon gets bigger and bigger and bigger….
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Parent and Teacher guide
Children relate to Noura who prefers watermelon to all other food and insists on eating no other food. When Noura puts a watermelon under her bed so she can eat it all by herself after everyone goes to sleep strange things happen. The watermelon gets bigger and bigger until it fills the room and the fun begins… A story that can be the springboard for discussion on favorite foods, a balanced diet, sharing with others, trying new tastes..
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
Ahmad Reda Kamel was born in Cairo February 1975. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in 1998. He experimented and dabbled in many different artistic forms. First he worked as an interior decorator, then as a furniture designer.Later he moved to wood carvings and then to designing marionettes and other crafts. In 2002 he felt that he had found his calling. He started illustrating and designing children books and children magazines and has been working in that medium until the present moment.