About a Chair
Playing together in kindergarten is so much fun! You can build a tower, ride a horse, drive through vineyards and orchards, sail along an imaginary route between Haifa and Eilat – and get back in time for lunch!
This is a delightful and lively book about a chair that transforms into various modes of transportation by which the children travel together across Israel. On this creative journey, every obstacle is turned into a wonderful opportunity, and yet another stop along the way.
"Arise, walk through the land, its length and breadth"
Our tiny country has been blessed with deep roots and many layers of history. When we travel around it, we open ourselves up to a multitude of wonderful experiences, because the past and present of Israel can be enjoyed at all ages, as can its beauty and uniqueness. The imaginary trip taken by Iddo and his friends is a link in the long chain of an ancient tradition of travelling this land, "its length and breadth".
Enjoy reading and discussing this book together!
Proposed Family Activities:
- You may want to look at the illustrations together, and suggest that your child describe what the chairs turn into throughout the book.
- While reading the story, you may want to pause before the children reach one of the stops, and ask your child to guess, based on the rhyming scheme – where the children will end up.
- Have you ever visited the cities mentioned in the book? Perhaps you could look at the illustrations, and use them to describe the special features in each of the locations. You could also look for more images of these sites online, and compare them with the illustrations in this book.
- Like the children in the story, you could also let your imagination run wild, and transform the chairs around your home into different things. A chair covered with a blanket could become a tent, or a secret cave.
- You could go on a trip nearby. Choose your destination with your child, pack some snacks, invite some friends, and go on an afternoon excursion. You could even have a picnic, so that "by the time you get off the cloud, lunch will be ready".
- Where is Tel Aviv? And where is Jerusalem? Where are the mountains, the Sea of Galilee, the Mediterranean, and the Red Sea? Perhaps you could open a map together, and mark the places where you and your extended family live, places you have visited, and places you would like to visit as a family.