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Who are Max and Moritz? Behind Wilhelm Busch’s Bad Boy Stories

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In the end, two boys are ground up by the Miller in the giant flour mill, and then eaten by ducks. Sounds like the latest horror film to come out of Hollywood doesn’t it? But this is the ending of Wilhelm Busch’s “Max und Moritz: Eine Bubgeschichte in sieben Streichen” (“Max and Moritz : A […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

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While visiting Germany many years ago I had to visit the town of Hamelin. You see, when I was growing up, one of my favorite records had the Rattenfänger von Hamelin story… the Pied Piper of Hamelin Story. As a child, the idea of all those kids being snatched up because the town fathers didn’t […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

The Gingerbread for Liberty Book- The Story of a German American Hero during the Revolution

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  Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution The Gingerbread for Liberty book is a lovely way to celebrate German American Day on October 6th. This beautifully illustrated children’s book by Mara Rockliff is based on the true story of Christopher Ludwich, a German Baker who arrived in America as a […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

German Easter Story Books For Kids- Perfect for Easter Baskets!

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Anna hilft dem Osterhasen: Ein Osterbilderbuch für Kinder (Anna und ihre Freunde) (Volume 2) (German Edition) Cute German Easter Story Books for kids are a nice (non-edible and non-messy) addition to the Easter Basket. The stories can be read over and over, long after the chocolate and candies have been eaten. Most of these Easter […]

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck- My Review

The Elves of Cologne -The story of the Helpful little Heinzelmännchen of Köln

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  Once upon a time, so the legend goes, the city of Cologne was helped along by a little race of creatures called Heinzelmännchen. It began simply enough… when the humans went to bed, the Heinzelmännchen came along and finished up all the work that had been left undone. The Elves of Cologne The Heinzelmännchen (The […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

Richard Scarry Dictionary- My Best Word Book Mein Allerschoenstes Wörterbuch

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I still have my old beat up copy of Mein Allerschoenstes Woerterbuch by Richard Scarry (My Best Word Book). This Richard Scarry Dictionary has seen some loving in its time. Now, it’s hard to get excited about a dictionary. Most of them are thick, filled with lots of words that I can’t spell, so it’s […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

Der StruwwelPeter (in English)- How German Parents Kept Kids in Line

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Struwwelpeter in English Translation (Dover Children’s Classics) German Stories and Fairy Tales for kids were NOT all sweetness and light. Many stories, especially those from the pre-1950s, were cautionary tales, designed to impart lessons, or give warnings. Aschenputtel’s (Cinderella’s) sisters get their feet cut off….and Max and Moritz get eaten by ducks. And then there […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream