|Dimensions||27 × 22 cm|
What Shall We Play Now?
Illustrated by Charlotte Shama
Just imagine all the things you can do with a green piece of cloth. Will you turn it into the sail of a pirate ship or into a small tent? Just imagine. Will you turn it into a beautiful butterfly that will fly from one flower to another or into a superheroine that will protect everybody from evil? Just imagine. Raya and Samar just imagine and have great fun playing with a green piece of cloth.
Parent and Teacher guide
Samar and her friend Raya have a lovely time playing with a green piece of cloth given to them by Samar’s Mom. With a little bit of imagination Samar transforms herself into a superheroine, and a brave Bedoine woman. Raya becomes a beautiful butterfly that flits from flower to flower and a Mahraja. The green piece of cloth is then transformed into Sinbad’s sail and off they go to explore the high seas.
This story celebrates the imagination and creativity of children. The story is written in simple rhyme, with predictable language that is fun for kids to repeat. It helps to make reading easier and more fun.
- What does a seamstress do?
- What tools does she need to do her job?
- What kind of business needs seamstresses?
- How do you spend your free time?
- What is your favorite game?
- Have you ever played a pretend game?
- What did you pretend to be or do? Was it fun?
- What did Samar and Raya do with the cloth?
- If you have a piece of cloth what other things would you do with it?
- What do you find more fun, playing imaginary games or digital games?
About the Author
Taghreed Najjar is a 2019 nominee for the Astrid Lindgren award and a several-time winner and short listee of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature. Her most recent award, YA book of the year (2019) was for her title Whose Doll is This?
With a portfolio spanning 4 decades, Taghreed – a multifaceted author - writes picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. Her picture books have become classics that are read and enjoyed by generations. While her YA novels have found great success in addressing difficult subjects reflecting political and cultural realities in the region.
Several of Najjar’s books have been recommended by The White Ravens and several have been translated to languages including English, Italian, Swedish, Danish, French and Turkish.
About the Illustrator
Charlotte is a French illustrator, married to a Palestinian, and has been living in the Middle East with her family and pens for many years now. After studying applied arts and animation in France and England, she worked as a volunteer in an Arabic-speaking school, a press photographer, a librarian, and an art teacher. Finally, Charlotte came back to her passion and settled happily on being a freelance illustrator. Since then, Charlotte has been having a great time creating images for very different kinds of projects, from brand characters to children’s books, mobile apps, websites, and videos. One of her greatest satisfactions is to be an active part of the emerging Arab literature market; two of the books she illustrated were produced and distributed for free by a philanthropic society to every child attending kindergarten.