כתבה: אורה איל | איורים: אורה איל
תרגום לאנגלית של ההצעות להורים המודפסות בדפים האחרונים של הספר
All by Herself / Ora Ayal
Shulamit asks each member of her family to tell her a story. When no one is willing to do so, a miracle occurs – a story tells itself!
Ora Ayal’s book invites readers to make up their own stories, and to think together about their place in the family and in life.
“Ask your father and he will tell you; your elders, and they will recount to you” (Deuteronomy 32:7)
What stories are told in your family? Do you generally tell stories about things that happened in the past, or do you make up imaginary tales? Do you read books with your children? Do your children like to tell you stories, whether made-up or from books they’ve read by themselves or with you?
Stories open a window on other times and places, other ways of thinking and being. “All by Herself” deals with the encounter between imagination and reality and, through Shulamit’s story, offers us a glimpse into children’s inner world.
We hope that reading the story and doing the accompanying activities will enable you to experience the joy of reading together. Happy reading!
Activities You Can Do at Home
- Shulamit’s facial expressions change throughout the story. You and your children might look through the illustrations together and track these changes. When does Shulamit’s smile vanish? When does it reappear?
- In the illustrations that accompany the story that Shulamit tells herself, she looks tiny next to the tall buildings and her surroundings. You might ask your children why they think Ora Ayal chose to make Shulamit appear so small? Ask them about times when they feel small--and times when they feel big!
- Your children can “read” this story to you, even if they don’t yet know how to read the words. You might also play-act the story together, and even try switching roles: the parent could play Shulamit, going from one family member to another, begging each to tell her a story, while your children get to play the various family members who say no, they’re busy right now.
- Many children have a hard time keeping themselves occupied while waiting for their parents to be free to play with them. You might use an alarm clock or hour-glass to show your children when their “alone time” ends, and plan which story you will read together once the alone time is done.