Kindergarten Books > Nafnouf


نصّ: أوره إيال * رسومات: أوره إيال * الناشر: الكيبوتس الموحّد * النّص العربي: منى سروجي

Nafnouf is the name that a girl who gives to a chair which she transforms into an imaginary pet dog. Who knows what she will transform it into next. A story about the power of imagination originally published in Hebrew as Ugbo by renowned children’s writer and illustrator Ora Eyal.

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Lama's wish to have a puppy never came true. Therefore, she works her imagination and turns the chair into a lovely puppy. She called her puppy Nafnouf. Lama takes good care of Nafnouf, like her parents take care of her and shares with him everything she likes. Lama's friends are transformative. ...


Dear parents,

Many children create an imaginary friend to entertain them when they are alone or reveal their thoughts and feelings, especially when they are in distress. The imaginary friend can be a doll, an object, or a fictional friend that children use for emotional relief. Children represent their parents' care for them through the care they provide for the imaginary friend. Sometimes, a dialogue with an imaginary friend helps children understand the world better, especially their social experiences.

Herby, we share with you some suggestions for activities about the book you can do with your children:

Family Activities

  • Talk with the children about a doll or an object that accompanies them in their imagination and feel is dear to them. What do they like to do for it? What do they like to do with it?
  • You can also talk about our needs as adults to have "imaginary friends" to relieve our emotional distress. For example, talking to ourselves out loud or invoking someone dear to us in our imagination to whom we reflect our distress.
  • Lama expresses her love in different ways by speaking or acting. Talk to the children about how other family members express their love to one another and others.
  • Lama uses her imagination to do fun activities with her friend Nafnouf, like playing together or eating ice cream. Think with the children about activities you can do together that make you happy and feel closer to one another.
  • "Nafnouf, my Nafnouf…" Lama calls her dog. Remember together names and nicknames you use in your family. Which names do you prefer?
  • Dolls, clothing items, household objects, and some imagination and playfulness are all we need to have fun with our children when we act theatrically. Create scenes together and play the roles!
  • A working group developed these suggestions for Maktabat Al-Fanoos project from Bidayat Center for the Development of Early Childhood in the Arab Society, and from Grinspoon Foundation Israel, and from the Ministry of Education.
  • Enjoy your reading and activity!

المربية العزيزة،

في سنّ الثالثة والرّابعة يبتكر العديد من الأطفال "أصدقاء وهميّين" قد يحادثونهم ويلعبون معهم دون أن يراهم أحد، وقد يتجسّد هؤلاء الأصدقاء في دمية أو غرض يصطحبه الطفل معه إلى كلّ مكان، وأحيانًا لا يستطيع النّوم بدونه. يساعد هذا الصّديق الطفل في التنفيس عن مشاعره، خاصة في وقت "الأزمات"، مثل الانفصال عن الأهل عند القدوم صباحًا إلى الرّوضة، أو الانتقال من حالة اليقظة إلى حالة النّوم. ومن خلال العناية بهذا "الصّديق" يسترجع الطّفل ويمثّل نمط رعاية والديه به، ويذوّت سلوكيّاتٍ يختبرها في حياته العائلية وفي الرّوضة.

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