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מאת: דוד גרוסמן | איור: אורה אייל
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Ury's Special Language
By David Grossman
Illustrated by Ora Ayal
Ury is almost two years old, and speaks a special language. Even his parents have trouble understanding him sometimes! Only Jonathan, his older brother, understands what he's saying. How is it that Jonathan can translate Ury's special language?
Siblings can be best friends, while also arguing and fighting. King Solomon wrote in the Book of Proverbs (17: 17) that brothers were "born" to help one another in times of need.
There are some things that only siblings can understand. Perhaps it is because they share the same perspective that their parents do not. Perhaps it is because they are free to listen and observe, at times when their parents are busy or preoccupied.
Ury's Special Language describes a special relationship between brothers, an intimate understanding and shared language no one else understands. The entire family, particularly siblings, are welcome to enjoy the book together, and try to figure out what Ury is saying.
Enjoy reading the book together!
Proposed Family Activities
- Each member of Ury's family suggests another humor-filled interpretation of his utterings, all of which have been illustrated by Ora Ayal. You may enjoy looking at the illustrations together, and suggest that your child draw their own interpretation of what Ury said.
- Jonathan hears half a word and understands what Ury meant. You too can be "interpreters": pick an object in the room and say the first half of its name. The "interpreter" must then guess what you were referring to. Once they've guessed, you can switch roles.
- Jonathan is five years old, "which is exactly in between being small and being big". This may be a good opportunity to ask your child when they enjoy being small, and when they prefer being big.
- Isn't it fun to speak a language only you can understand? You could invent your own vocabulary and write it in your own private dictionary. How would you say "it's dinnertime"? Or "good morning"? or "I'd like a kiss"?
- Siblings can help one another at any age. You may want to share a childhood experience with your child in which you experienced or did something with a sibling. Grandparents are also welcome to share sibling stories.
- Many remember their children's delightful mispronunciations when they first learned to speak. Do you? Your children will surely love to hear them. You can write them down here for them to remember:
Enjoy reading and discussing the story together!