Nursery rhymes are found in all cultures of the world. They are the child’s first introduction to literature and appreciation of poetry. They stimulate children’s’ brain development in areas such as counting, number recognition, vocabulary building, memorization but most importantly they develop a child’s sense of humor and enhance his ability to differentiate reality from make belief.

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Nursery rhymes are found in all cultures of the world. They are the child’s first introduction to literature and appreciation of poetry. They stimulate children’s’ brain development in areas such as counting, number recognition, vocabulary building, memorization but most importantly they develop a child’s sense of humor and enhance his ability to differentiate reality from make belief.
  
Some rhymes lull children to sleep others make them laugh while others strengthen the bond between the parents and the child. Some rhymes inform the child and connect him to his past while others make games more fun. All in all rhymes are a bridge between the generations, a legacy that we carry from the past and pass on to our children.
In this set of three books we have collected 34 rhymes and put them in three categories; counting Rhymes, Rhymes about jobs and occupations and silly rhymes.
The traditional rhymes reflect the customs and lifestyles of the culture. The richness of the rhymes comes from the different layers of meaning in many of them.

Included are rhymes that are connected to certain celebrations like the rhyme” Seven Camels”. This rhyme was recited to the child by the mother or grandmother when the first tooth appeared.
The mother promises to load seven camels with nuts and good things to eat in celebration of the first tooth. Traditionally a special sweet called “ snoonieh” is served to guests. The camels in the rhyme are loaded with ingredients like different nuts which are used to garnish this special sweet for the occasion.
Another rhyme is about the child’s first haircut. The mother recites this rhyme to show how much she loves her child and her great expectations for him when he grows up; she hopes he will be the Sheikh of all sheikhs.

On one level the modern child will enjoy the rhyme as a rhyme about a barber and a haircut, but if one digs deeper one can understand and appreciate the occasion that this rhyme was used.

“Bolbol Balabel is another such rhyme. It was recited to show the longing for a far away son or husband or relative. The bird ( bulbol) flying from tree top to tree top brings the news that the long absent brothers are coming back and the rhyme urges a special welcome for them by the whole community.

Not all the rhymes we collected have such a clear connection to occasions, some were probably created by children while playing games especially counting out games. Some have nonsense words which amuse children, while the rhythm and beat of the rhymes makes it fun for the kids to repeat.

Series Name: Musical Tickles
Compiled By: Taghreed Najjar
Illustrated By: Hiba Farran

Year of first publication: 2013
ISBN: 978-9957-040-765
Size: 15 x 21
Format: Board Books & Audio CD

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