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The Jasmine Sneeze


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Nadine Kaadan is an award winning children's book author and illustrator from Damascus, Syria, now living in London where she did her Masters in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths University. Her mission is to encourage a reading culture in the Arab world and she has published over 15 books with various publishers. She is simply passionate about her city- Damascus- and its old architecture and loves to draw its courtyards and tell its tales. Her stories sometimes touch on delicate subjects like children with special needs and the ongoing troubled situation in the Arab world. Her picture book Leila, Answer me! won the Anna Lindh award for the best fiction book for children with special needs in 2011, and is now being used to teach the Arabic language in Harvard and Tufts University. The book was recently featured in the Guardian and was described as "a badly needed story for young people". Her latest book Ghadan ('Tomorrow') about the life of a little boy during the Syrian conflict was also positively reviewed in Corriere della Serra, Italy, under the title "I drew a dream of peace for Syria".


'Take a deep breath of The Jasmine Sneeze and you'll be transported to one of the world's most beautiful cities. There, you'll get caught up in Damascus' dense colours and patterns, as well as its light-hearted, sweet-smelling humour. A joy!' - Marcia Lynx Qualey, author of popular blog ArabLit; 'The Jasmine Sneeze is magically drawn and written by the brilliant Nadine Kaadan, capturing the true essence of Damascus through its mystical relationship with two of its longest standing residents, cats and jasmine. The smile of Damascus children is still there, still wide and gleaming, still visible to the rest of the world, despite all that's happening in the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth.' - Sami Moubayed, The Damascus History Foundation; 'A story of thoughtfulness, The Jasmine Sneeze is a delightful children's book that manages to capture perfectly what the Jasmine means to the people of Damascus. Children will be captured by the cheeky portrayal of Haroun, and those too young to read will be mesmerised by his antics.' - Noor Ahmed, Middle East Monitor; 'The Jasmine Sneeze is a funny, magical tale set in Damascus whose conclusion gently suggests that there is room for us all in this world and that tolerance will triumph ultimately. Really lovely book with scope for lots of rereadings!' - Guardian Witness; 'The Jasmine Sneeze is and enjoyable story told with humour and a touch of magic. A richly illustrated picturebook which evokes a sense of the sights, smells and culture of this ancient Syrian city providing, in the current context, a valuable alternative perspective.' - Sue McGonigle, Books for Keeps; 'Kaadan has the wonderful ability to weave her gorgeous watercolour illustrations and traditional aspects of Syrian life into a whimsical children's story that captures the essence of her hometown of Damascus.' - R. Sikora, Orient News; 'This enchanting story and delectable illustrations with their rich swirling colours and patterns on every page demonstrates Syria's long and proud cultural heritage at a time when it has been marred by five years of war.' - Outside In World; 'The Jasmine Sneeze is a fantastically vibrant read which takes the reader through a world of senses, accompanied by a comical cat... I haven't read such a satisfying picture book in a while.' - Evie Ioannidi, Not Now, Adulthood

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