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Maybe Tommorrow

Text: Charlotte Agell | Illustrations: Ana Ramírez González | Translation to Arabic: Jawdat Eid

Elba (Lola in the Arabic translation) has a big block that she has been dragging around for a long time. Norris (Tamsuh in Arabic) dances everywhere he goes, even uphill, surrounded by a happy cloud of butterflies.
Can Norris and his butterflies help ease Elba’s sadness and convince her to join them on a trip to the ocean? This tender exploration of loss illuminates how kindness, empathy, and friendship can lift our spirits and see us through many tomorrows.

Family Activities

Elba (Lola in the Arabic version) drags a heavy block wherever she goes. It represents a load of difficult emotions like feelings of sadness, longing, or difficulty getting used to a new reality. Norris (Tamsuh in the Arabic version) appears, surrounded by a cloud of glittering butterflies, and he ...


Dear Parents,

Our eight or nine-year old child places great importance on having friends and chooses them carefully. They want their friends to be more than playmates. They want to communicate with peers who share their interests, keep their secrets, support them when they fail or feel sad, and share their joy. This story provides a dialogue between parent and child about compassion, friendship and the place friends hold in our lives.

Family Activities

  • We can chat with our child about the emotional block that Elba is dragging. What does it consist of? Do we sometimes feel like we’re dragging a similar one? when?
  • Together, we can recall what Norris did with Elba to ease her grief and reduce the weight of the block that she was dragging. We can encourage our child to think of other ways that Norris supports Elba.
  • We may want to talk about a similar experience in our family. How can we support each other in times of trouble and sadness?
  • Who are our friends? What do we like to do with them?
  • The book is entitled “Maybe Tomorrow.” We can try to think of different possibilities to complete the sentence.
  • Together, we can look at the last drawing in the book, and compare it with Elba’s drawings on other pages. What is different about it?
  • Enjoy your reading!

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