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Nadine Kaadan

The Jasmine Sneeze


A magical tale set in the jasmine-scented courtyards of Damascus, Syria.

Haroun, the cat, likes nothing better than to spend his days sleeping in the sunlit courtyards of Damascus. Yet one thing always ruins his sleep: jasmine! The sweet-scented flowers send him into fits of sneezes! One day, Haroun hatches a plan to fix the problem, but little does he know that the Jasmine Spirit has a trick or two up her sleeve...

A sweet and entertaining story that sheds a welcome light onto Syria's long and proud cultural heritage in a period of history marred by war.

"A funny, magical tale whose conclusion gently suggests that there is room for us all in this world"--Guardian Witness

"You'll get caught up in Damascus' dense colors and patterns, as well as its light-hearted, sweet-smelling humor. A joy!"--ArabLit

"Children will be captured by the cheeky portrayal of Haroun, and those too young to read will be mesmerized by his antics on the pages"--Middle East Monitor