Aunt Ghabara sits in front of her house feeling sad and alone. She closes all the doors in her house but keeps one open Soon her house fills up with dust. The children in her village try to persuade her to clean up the dust but she refuses. Finally one of the boys offers her a stack of books. The books transport her to other worlds that take her out of the realm of place and time. From her balcony she reads exciting stories about different places, adventures and people. Finally, she decides it is time to clean off the dust.
Points of discussion:
- Feeling sad is a normal feeling that each one of us young and old experiences. The reasons are wide and varied but it is always good to be able to express feelings openly.
- Keeping sad feelings bottled up may lead to problems.
- How do you think Aunt Ghabara feels? Why do you think that she is sad?
- Have you ever felt sad? Why?
- Does it make you feel better to share your feelings with others?
- What makes you happy?
- How do we know someone is sad?
- How did the children help Aunt Ghabara overcome her sadness? Why do you think books helped her?