Today my five-year-old son reached a milestone, exhibiting for the first time a traditional family trait that he shares with his siblings and some first cousins. Like their parents before them, the kids in my extended family never let their teachers get away with giving incorrect information in class.
He came out of the gan somewhat distressed:
“Ima, Itai asked the ganenet how many legs a bee has, and she didn’t know. She looked it up in the dictionary and it didn’t say in words how many legs it has, but she showed us the picture and in the picture the bee had four legs.”
“And what did you say?”
“I said that that was wrong, and that bees have six legs. Ima, how do you say insect in Hebrew?”
“Charak. And what did the ganenet say?”
“She said that the book was right.”
So tomorrow our copy of “The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive,” including dozens of pictures of six-legged bees, will visit the gan. Stay tuned. . .