(Elefanastische Weihnachten by Michael Engler and Joëlle Tourlonias, published by Ueberreuter Verlag)
Every year on the 6th of December children in Germany celebrate Nikolaustag (well at our house the adults do as well). Children leave one nicely cleaned shoe outside their room in the evening of the 5th and the next morning they find loads and loads of chocolates, clementines, walnuts and if they are lucky a small present as well. If they have been naughty during the year, they only find some wooden sticks which Knecht Ruprecht has left for them to teach them a lesson (never happened to me by the way ;)).
It is the perfect day to introduce you to some of Magellan’s Christmas treasures:
TEDDY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS by Ulrike Fischer and Tina Schulte
Lovely illustrated and heart warming Christmas story. (board book)
To be a true Christmas teddy – that’s what Teddy the cuddle bear wishes for. But what does a true Christmas teddy actually need to be dressed properly? Right: a beanie, a scarf, gloves, and warm socks are essentials! But where will Teddy get all these things in time to be a true Christmas teddy on Christmas Eve?
AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS GUEST by Annette Amrhein and Sabine Straub
A lovely Christmas story about finding friends in unexpected places.
The bear has been so busy preparing for hibernation that he even forgot to go to sleep. However, he is overjoyed: For the first time ever, he’ll be able to celebrate Christmas! He wants to host a great party for the inhabitants of the forest and immediately sets out to write invitations, make decorations and get a tree. Unfortunately, the other animals are afraid of him and when Christmas Eve arrives, he is waiting in vain for his guests – or is he?
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The village is in uproar: it’s just before Christmas and Leonie the little cat has disappeared! Her sister goes out to look for her, together with her friends. Fortunately there are lots of clues on the large pages and behind the numerous flaps about where Leonie might be hiding. And when little readers help too, they’ll definitely be able to find Leonie together…
This beautiful illustrated large format board book with 24 flaps is the perfect gift! Maria Karipidou did a brilliant job as usual and her artwork is very appealing to international markets. Magellan Verlag has a number of titles available in this format. Please get in touch for further details.
and a Happy New Year to everyone!
Fröhliche Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
Tomorrow is the 6th of December or NIKOLAUS TAG as we called it in Germany. It is a very nice tradition where children clean their shoes and put one of them outside their room the evening before. If they have been good all year they get a nice little present and some chocolate in their shoe the next morning. In the evening of the 6th in some region you then go from house to house singing Christmas Carols and look at the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations in the windows. It is a nice tradition and very exciting for the little ones. On this occasion I would like to present to you some of Magellan’s Christmas highlights:
WHERE ARE THE PRESENTS, DEAR SANTA?
A beautiful large format board book with flaps on every page. Santa is ready to go on his big trip on Christmas, but where are all the presents? Help Santa to find them behind doors, furniture or paper wrap. The book has ten spreads and has wonderful illustrations by Vera Schmidt.
EMIL AND THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT
This is a beautiful illustrated festive Christmas story about Emil who sees a light which he thinks must belong to Santa. He is following the light to meet Santa and collect all of his friends on the way. The picture book has 32 pages.
Pina¹s birthday is on Christmas. The past few years she never got to have a birthday party, but this year she is determined that she will have one. But then the church with its nativity play is crossing her plans. Will Pina find a solution to celebrate her Christmas this year? A great first reader book with short chapters and adorable characters. Pina is plotting together with her grandfather which is absolutely hilarious. An inspiration for every child which has its birthday around the festive holidays. There are hardly any German specific traditions or notes in there and the few ones there are can be easily changed or removed without losing the meaning of the story. The text is broken up by some beautiful full colour illustrations.
THE RUNAWAY CHRISTMAS DONKEY
A funny story about Mira who desperately wants to get a TV for Christmas, but she is not allowed, so she decided to make some money to buy it herself. The next morning in the paper her father reads that the donkey from the local Christmas fair has gone missing and there is a reward of 150 Euro for the person who finds it. Mira sees her chance and goes on an adventure to find the lost donkey. There are black and white illustrations as well.
I wish you a lovely NIKOLAUS weekend and please let me know if you are interested in further details.