How Children See Old People

August 12, 2010 at 1:45 am | Posted in Children's books | 1 Comment

The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera

Grandfather comes to live with his son, his daughter-in-law, and his grandson, Diego.  The boy finds much in common with his grandfather (spilling at the dinner table, emitting loud sounds that make the air smelly…) and is very excited to have Grandfather living with him.   Caring for Grandfather creates lots of work and stress for the young parents and they begin to treat Grandfather unkindly.   Diego teaches his parents a lesson on respect.  He makes them realize that how they treat grandfather today is how they can be expected to be treated when they are old and frail.

After reading this story to a classroom of second grade students, they came up with their own interpretations of what being old is:

In the story Diego notices that Grandfather cannot move as quickly as he does when mother calls them for dinner.

Grandfather was old and fail and used a cane to get around.

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  1. Very interesting, and a wake up call. How soon we all forget that one day we will need someone to take care of us when we get older. We should treat others the way we would like to be treated regardless of the age.


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