Fam­ily teamwork

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - JELLYBEAN JOURNAL -

THERE are hun­dreds of ways of telling the Christ­mas story, but Al­ida van Deven­ter does it with story-ta­ble fig­ures.

Al­ida, who lives in Joburg, has been telling the Christ­mas story with carved wooden mar­i­onettes – wooden pup­pets on strings. She has a spe­cial pup­pet the­atre at her home, but also takes the pup­pets to many places, even as far as the Ukraine.

Her chil­dren, Gerda, Cobus, El­sje and Lisa, grew up among the pup­pets, and have helped her.

This year Al­ida had a new idea. She started telling the story with ta­ble fig­ures, and then de­cided to pho­to­graph the the scenes she had cre­ated.

Now with the help of her daugh­ters, she has pro­duced a book from the pho­to­graphs. El­sje took the pic­tures, Lisa de­signed the book, and Gerda wrote the story.

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