Shahar loves to tell her friends stories about all the exceptional things that happen to her, but sometimes she exaggerates a tiny bit. When the other children call her a “liar,” she goes to talk to Herzl, the school guard. Herzl helps her to understand the difference between stories and lies, and thanks to him, she finds a simple and wonderful way to continue to tell her stories.
Age Group: SECOND GRADE
Shahar turns every event in her life into a fascinating story. She is delighted when her friends listen, but struggles to understand why they suddenly get annoyed. So what if she said “shark” instead of “fish”? she only wanted to make her story more interesting! Herzl the security guard listens to Shahar’s stories and struggles alike, and helps her come up with a creative solution. Like Shahar, every child needs an adult who will listen to them, a grownup who will understand what they mean, and help them tell their story.
“The child is a foreigner who does not understand the language… who is ignorant of the laws and customs… Wanted – a guide to answer questions politely. Respect the ignorance of the child… Respect for failures and tears” [Janusz Korczak, The Child’s Right to Respect, pp. 365-366. Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum]