Snow of Dandelions / Rinat Primo
Illustrated by Maya Ish-Shalom
The preschoolers in Maayan kindergarten love their field! They like running there, playing there, and picking dandelions. But one day, tractors show up at their favorite field, and signs are put up, indicating change. This story is all about our ability to grapple with change, and harness it for personal growth.
"A time to plant, and a time to pluck that which is planted" (Ecclesiastes, 3:2)
Life is comprised of many changes to which we must adjust: changing seasons, new schools, and different apartments. It is not easy to leave familiar places and objects behind after growing so attached to them.
The verse in Ecclesiastes describes life: there are times in which we plant, and others in which we pluck. Life is all about getting attached and planting, then making changes and leaving things behind, en route to new growth.
Proposed Family Activities
- Your child can tell you the story according to the sequence of illustrations. They might want to pick a certain character, and look for it in each illustration throughout the book: Who did they choose? Why that character? What does it like to do in the field?
- You may want to share stories with your child about the changes your neighborhood has undergone since you were young. Has a childhood puddle turned into a highway? What happened to the field you used to play in as children? Perhaps you would like to look at old photographs together, and compare them to today.
- Is your neighborhood, like the one in the story, expanding and undergoing changes? You may want to visit a construction site together, peek over the fence, and look for tractors and cranes. If tall buildings are being built there, you could try counting the stories together. Or perhaps you'd like to imagine the flowers the new tenants will plant in their gardens, and who they would be. Maybe new friends will move in there?
- Have you ever left a familiar, well-loved place behind? Did the change make you happy? Try to remember and share with your child: How did you feel before the change, and how did you feel once you had gotten used to it?
- The book describes the flowers and greenery typical for each season. You could take a walk with your child, observe nature, and look for flowers. Which flowers have you come across? What color are they? Do you know names of wild flowers? You could also take a picture of yourself with pretty flowers. Have you found a dandelion? Try blowing on it. Have you managed to blow its white "hairs" off and see them fall to the ground like snow?
Enjoy reading and discussing the story!