This February features two stories about underdogs who come out on top. For our little ones, we will have a puppet show based on the Chippewa tale Shingebiss. Shingebiss is a little duck who has to fish through ice in winter. But no matter how North Wind blows, Shingebiss can survive.
You can find this story for free online here: Shingebiss and the North Wind
There’s also a wonderful picture book version by Nancy Van Laan.
Our big kids will be hearing about a whole community of underdogs who work together to free themselves from oppressors. Part Frankenstein story, part Trojan Horse, The Golem of Prague concerns a Jewish community whose very existence is in threat by the Holy Roman Emperor. A clever Rabbi forms a giant monster-man out of clay and brings it to life to protect the community… but not all goes as planned.
Our big kids will be forming their own golem out of boxes and tape, and we will see what their inventive minds can create!
For those that want to learn more about golems: Stories of the Golem of Prague.
*A word about religion in SunBee Circle:
SunBee Circle is a secular teaching style. But because we hear stories from all around the world, sometimes religions surface. Children are never told what to believe but they do learn that Navajo people in Arizona pray to the Great Spirit, that there are Zen temples in Japan, Hansel and Gretel in a fairytale Europe pray to a Christian god for help, and that the Jewish people keep the Sabbath as a holy day. The idea to tell the story of The Golem of Prague was inspired by the 70th anniversary this week of the liberation of Auschwitz. I believe stories can heal, and that learning the values and customs of another culture through a story sows wonderful seeds of peace.
Hear some grown-up stories about the liberation of Auschwitz here.