“Spider’s Surprise” was born out of a dire need to promote the use of Arabic among young children at a private pre-school in Amman, Jordan. Author Reem Abu-Ragheb noticed that the kids at her pre-school were speaking to each other in English, and so she decided to promote the use of Arabic through a week of activities that encouraged the kids to use the language for daily communication. The prize? A copy of a book designed specially to entertain while teaching a little something about numeracy and friendship. “Spider’s Surprise” is a delightful read, with easy to remember rhyme and a simple heartwarming story. And, as an added bonus, it’s available in both Arabic and English!
Our new “Let’s Read” poster is ready! We’re very excited to share this wonderful illustration by Ashraf Al-Maani, which highlights both the importance and the fun of reading together as a family.
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the ready-to-print poster to hang in your classroom, clinic or establishment.
About the Illustrator: One of our favorite things is working alongside talented local individuals who are as passionate about books as we are, and Ashraf was one such talent. A graphic designer, cartoonist/ illustrator, video editor, web designer and passionate artist, Ashraf graduated from Al Zaytooneh University in Jordan in 2009. He us currently living in KSA, where he works for a design company on various key projects. You can check out more of his work on his Facebook page.