New on YouTube: Flowers of Childhood, a series of short films narrated by the Israel's well-known TV personality Menachem Perry and accompanied by harpist Eyal Chaim Friedman.
These 'short shorts' are based on the charming book Flowers of Childhood ‒ rhymed poems written and illustrated by Ran Levy-Yamamori, who guides pre-schoolers 'On the Flower Route' (a joint project of the Ministries of Education and the Environment). In pre-schools and kindergartens throughout the country, kids in this programme are given their own copies of the book, along with seeds of common Israeli wildflowers like anemones, groundsel, and chrysanthemums. They plant the seeds in their school gardens and watch eagerly as they sprout, grow and bloom. Getting a close-up look at flowers they may see in the fields and forests around their home towns or cities, they learn to recognize, tend and enjoy them.
The films, posted on YouTube especially for the use of Israel's pre-school teachers, can be viewed at no charge by the public. They were co-produced by Ramat Hanadiv, EcoNature Productions, and Har-Ya'ar. The script, photography and editing are by Ran Levy-Yamamori; Barbara Andress served as consultant.
To spend a few minutes watching these films, go to: