The Ladybird in the Rain
Written by: Ruth Dafna
Illustrated by: Aviel Basil
While the various animals take care of themselves, Iddo worries about the little ladybird (ladybug), and shelters it from the rain. This story is about being sensitive to others, feeling compassionate, and taking care of the weak.
"A man's gift makes room for him" (Proverbs, 18:16)
Giving others benefits both giver and receiver. The above verse from the book of Proverbs teaches us that generosity does not take away from the givers, but rather adds to and enriches them. That is why attending to the weak, and helping others, often make us feel satisfaction and intimacy. In The Ladybird in the Rain Iddo notices the ladybird, picks it up, shelters it, and is pleasantly tickled. Every time we give, our giving leaves its mark.
Proposed Family Activities
You may want to look at the illustrations together and look through the book for the ladybird's encounters with each of the other animals: the ants, spider, and cat. Perhaps you could ask your child to tell the story in their own words, and discuss the difference between Iddo's reaction, and the other animals' responses.
Perhaps you would enjoy stepping out to the park or playground, and look for ladybirds (ladybugs). Will you find one among the leaves, or in the sandbox, just like Iddo did in the book? You could place it gently on your hand. Does it tickle? Does it rest, or immediately spread its wings and fly off? It is of course very important to return the ladybirds to nature.
You may enjoy collecting smooth, round stones of various sizes, painting them red, and, once the paint dries, marking a black line across them from top to bottom, and adding white spots. And there you have it – a ladybird family!
Imagine how Iddo must have felt when the ladybird tickled his hand, and how the little ladybird felt. You may want to ask your child to hold their hand out like a small bowl, and tickle it. You can pretend the ladybird is strolling across their belly, and pleasantly tickle one another.
The ladybird found shelter in Iddo's hand. You may want to discuss ways of hiding out from the rain with your child. You could search for umbrellas at home, woolly hats, or any other object used to protect us from the rain. You could also step outside and point to buildings, bus stations, and stores on your way to kindergarten. Can they, too, provide some shelter from the rain?
Enjoy reading and discussing the book together!