There’s a Jungle in Saifo’s Room
A little boy sets out on an exciting imaginary adventure where he meets and interacts with the animals on the wall mural in his room. On each spread he meets a different set of animals and has fun with them. The child reader is encouraged to count the animals he sees on each spread. He/she can then choose the correct numeral sticker (attached to the book) to stick in its assigned space. The story line is full of action and humor and written in rhyme.
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Parent and Teacher guide
"There is a Jungle in Saifo's Room“ is many books in one. It is a counting book, an adventure story, a bedtime story and a book about animals. It encourages the child to count and to recognize numerals and as an extra bonus numeral stickers are offered with the story which the child can stick in the appropriate space on each page. The story line is in rhyme and full of action and sounds. It encourages imagination and at the same time reassures the young child that no matter how wild and dangerous his imaginary adventures are, he can always return to the safe haven of his home. In real life the young child is constantly exploring new and sometimes scary experiences like going to a new school, separating from his Mom, meeting strangers. He craves reassurance that he will always have a safe haven to go back to. This humorous adventure gives him the freedom to explore his fears and provides him with the reassurance he needs. As an added activity teachers and parents can talk about the characteristics of each animal in the story and encourage the child to imitate the movements of the animals and the sounds they make.
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
Sahar Abdallah graduated from College of Fine Arts in Egypt. She started working in illustrating children's books in 2006 and illustrated books for a number of Publishing Houses in the Arab region. She received an honorary award in 2012 for her illustrations for a book entitled “My Small Heart Nunu”. What makes Sahar's style stand out is her use of collage and bright acrylic colors.