Sometimes a coincidence can change someone's whole life, and that's exactly what happened with Mrs. Wafa Quosos, as she never imagined herself writing stories and books for children. While she was studying towards her master's degree in Puppetry in the US, one of the graduation requirements was to write, perform, and direct an original play. Back then, Mrs. Wafa performed a theatrical performance of her play "My Granny's Box...Tales", and this story brought a stream of questions as a lot of people were wondering if this story was based on the Jordanian heritage.
That was because the play was about Wafa's relationship with her grandmother and how she used to love her traditional dresses which eventually made her fall in love with Jordanian traditional dresses in general.
After reading the play's script, Mrs. Wafa's friends and relatives in Jordan encouraged her to transform it into a children's book. And that is exactly what she did. She wrote it again, and showed it to some of her friends as well as writers and critics, who they encouraged her even more to publish it.
It was absolutely the right decision and maybe the best one she ever took. The story was a huge success, and was republished multiple times. People loved it because it sheds a light on a very special subject that is the rich heritage and traditional fashion of Jordan and Palestine.
The great feedback she received from her readers, encouraged Mrs. Wafa to continue in this path and so she wrote more kids' stories, that features the beautiful and unique Jordanian touch.
Mrs. Wafa's project is a charitable cultural project that revolves around publishing stories for children with a Jordanian flavor and characters close to reality, instilling positive values in the hearts of young kids, and encouraging them to read more in their mother tongue, the Arabic language.
So far, Mrs. Wafa has published 7 stories for children aged 6-12 years, available in paperback and hardcover. The story "Who loves Jordan more than me?" was also adopted as part of the curriculum for the first three grades in several primary schools.
Each book takes about 9 months to make, during which Wafa chooses the idea, writes the story and rewrites it several times to come up with the best script, then comes the process of making the drawings and finally printing the book.
By adding her books to Souq Fann, Mrs. Wafa hopes to reach more children all around the world, and help instilling positive values in them, increasing their love for their ancestors, as well as encouraging them to read in Arabic language.
For each published story, a portion of the revenue is allocated to a children's association, such as the establishment of a children's library at the King Hussein Cancer Center, Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans, Promising Hands Association, Tkiyet Um Ali, and Atfaluna Association.
Help Mrs Wafa to reach more kids, and let your kid be one of those who enjoy her stories, buy now her books from Souq Fann!