Arie Ben Naim XXIV
Written by: Nevo Ziv
Illustrated by: Shahar Kober
Reading together, experiencing together
Nevo Ziv brings us the story of Arie Ben Naim, a little boy who does not like his name. luckily for Arie, and the readers, Grandpa Arie comes to visit, and tells young Arie about all the Aries that came before him, opening the door to past generations. Little Arie soon discovers that he is part of a family that shares a centuries-long story, in which he himself is a fresh, young chapter.
Arie Ben Naim XXIV urges readers to get to know their own family histories: every person is a story, and every family has one of its own. In it, there is glory and courage, goofiness and difficulty, laughter and comfort. Family stories offer wisdom, experience, and a smile. They provide us with a sense of belonging, encouraging the younger generation, and giving them meaning. It will all become clear to us as we turn to the older members of the family and ask them, as the verse suggests:
Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will declare to you, your elders, and they will tell you. [Deuteronomy, 32:7]
Which memories do your grandparents have of previous generations? And what will be the family stories you, as parents, can tell your children? This is an age-old question, but a new one too. Family stories await in every home and family.
Discussing – Names and stories
Who likes their name? What is the story behind your family members' names? Are there other family members who have the same name? or strange names? Are you named after anyone? You may want to do some research among your extended family. Who knows the stories you will uncover…
Observing – Where is Arie?
Shahar Kober's illustrations invite us to follow Arie, and join him as he enters his family story. Can you find Arie in the different pages of the "Book of Aries"?
You may enjoy looking at old family photos of events that happened "once upon a time": look through the pages of a photo album together, listen to the stories behind the events depicted in them, and choose one photograph you wish you could enter.
Doing some arts & crafts – A family book
How about creating your own family book, an album that will tell your story and that of your children, just like the Book of Aries in this story. Take a blank notebook, and collect stories from your grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Write down their memories from the time you were babies, funny words you said, or some special behavior. We recommend collecting such stories about both parents and children in your family. You should put in old photos and mementos from kindergarten, daycare, and the time when you were tiny babies.
Playing – A walk-a-name
How many names can you come up while walking? You may enjoy preparing a special track: it can be a straight line of floor tiles; a curvy track made of rope placed on the floor; a track consisting of a stool, cushion, broomstick, or any other item you can think of. Now go! Take turns walking along this track and saying as many names as you can. You can decide on a theme – names of relatives, names beginning with D, or names of children's book characters.
– suggestions for game cards and arts & crafts can be found on the PJLibrary Pinterest page.