Written by: Nati Bait, Illustrated by:Amit Trainin
Off we go with good manners! Derech Eretz, ("the way of the world"). The family in this book is in a hurry to visit Grandpa Dov;
but despite their rush, they don’t forget their manners: they feed the cats, water the plants, make a gift for Grandpa, and stop for a family of ducks who want to cross the railway tracks; because even if we're in a hurry, or if the way is long and stressful, we should always look around and be courteous, considerate, and caring toward others:
There is no wisdom like the wisdom of Derech Eretz
[the way of the world](Avot D'Rabbi Natan 28:1
Reading together, experiencing together
DiscussionThe family in this book is rushing to make the train and celebrate Grandpa Dov's birthday, and yet its members remember to be considerate toward others, and care for animals and the environment. Perhaps you would like to try and discuss what being considerate means –how would you like others to be considerate of you? Who could you offertohelpin your immediate surroundings or family? Which actions can you take to make the older members of your family happy?
Playing "fast or slow?"
You may enjoy playing a game called "fast or slow"
:take turns to choose a certain action and tell the other players to perform it quickly or slowly. For instance, clap your hands…quickly, and now…slowly; sing a song extra slowly, and then super-fast! After you've played, you may want to discuss and discover what you enjoyed doing quickly, and what was more fun to do slowly
The illustrations in this book are extremely detailed. How about choosing your favorite page, and looking for the tiny details in it?
Perhaps you could take turns to ask each other whether you can spot a particular detail in the drawing: Where's Grandpa Dov's gift?
Where's the football? Who can find the teddy bear? Types of…This book specifies types of plants, toys, cats, and musical instruments. Perhaps it can inspire you to take turns choosing a subject, and having the other players list as many items associated with it as they can. You could choose topics such as clothing, friends' names, types of toys or musical instruments.