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Puppet play: manually and digitally

Puppet play: manually and digitally

In this spectacular imaginary theater, nearly 100 characters emerge from page to page and come to life through the magic of cut paper. Manual paper puppet playing – we love! C’est MAGNIFIQUE! It’s such a pleasure to look at. It reminds me of this fantastic puppet show 🙂 – and makes me wanna play digitally!  Wanna […]

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A never-going-bad sandwich (great kid’s book!)

A never-going-bad sandwich (great kid’s book!)

Thank heavens it’s summer! If you’re a little like me, you have no idea what to put on the school-bring-a-long-lunch-sandwich of your kid… So, why not sit with your little one and browse pages of sandwich-possibilities? Plus: who does not want to have a sandwich book on the coffee table or bookshelf? It will never […]

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Paper Picture Book: Helping hands 44 years ago

Paper Picture Book: Helping hands 44 years ago

Our 115 x 59 mm sized smartphones include 5 heavy and big devices mentioned in this book from 1968: The telephone, the camera, the typewriter, the clock and the television. Wow. Was there anyone, back in 1968 who thought all these came together in a little black box? Hmmm, what will be next? Will the future […]

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Paper Picture Book: Olifantensoep

Paper Picture Book: Olifantensoep

Did you ever see one teeny tiny mouse catch an enormous elephant? Well, in ‘Olifantensoep’ you will! ‘Olifantensoep’ is a story about a tiny mouse who doesn’t feel too good. But she’s not sulking. On the contrary: she is gathering all her friends to help her cook a very special soup – the very best […]

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Paper Picture Book: Marching in springtime (with a singing blackbird)

Paper Picture Book: Marching in springtime (with a singing blackbird)

Welcome blackbird, stonechat, song thrush, skylark, yellow hammer, white stork and all your friends. We are happy, days become longer, pants shorter and voices higher. Did I mention we love Pixi books? This one is perfect to celebrate the start of Spring! This is pixi booklet number 92 “Hänschen klein” – read my previous post […]

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Paper Picture Books: Kapitän Bernd (& the Hungry Maw)

Paper Picture Books: Kapitän Bernd (& the Hungry Maw)

Containerships, their harbour and the organisation around it truly fascinates me. The dimensions are incomprehensible – it makes me feel like an ant. In this little pixi-booklet “Ich hab einen Freund, der ist Kapitän” a boy named Bernd is allowed to help his friend, the captain of a tugboat, manoeuvre a huge container ship into […]

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Fascinating holes (or why Swiss cheese is inspiring)

Fascinating holes (or why Swiss cheese is inspiring)

                          This beautifully illustrated book by Isabel Pin is made for little explorers with nosy fingers… Was Isabel Pin inspired by swiss cheese? 😉 About Isabel Pin Isabel Pin is a 30-something author/illustrator of picture books. She was born in Versailles, studied arts in […]

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Paper Picture Book: Snow at 360 degrees

Paper Picture Book: Snow at 360 degrees

  Bananas, shoes, hedgehogs, telephones, even toasters can become a car in ‘Otto in de sneeuw’ a beautifully illustrated book by Tom Schamp. What i particulary like on this book is that it is readable on every side. To see everything, the little reader has to turn the book 360*! Imagine 5 kids looking at […]

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Paper Picture Book: Sardines don’t grow on trees (do they?)

Paper Picture Book: Sardines don’t grow on trees (do they?)

One of the first paper picture book for kids i ever bought for myself was “Sardinen wachsen nicht auf Bäumen”. It was drawn in my hometown Luzern by Vera Eggermann. In the book the cats Uli und Emile go on an adventurous journey with Italian fishmonger’s girl Valeria. They head for Sardinia, where, they think, […]

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Blue blue blue (or: there’s a Pixi in my pocket)

Blue blue blue (or: there’s a Pixi in my pocket)

Even with my iPhone full of apps in my pocket, on journeys i always bring a pile of pixi books. Pixi books are small size picture books for kids. They have been around since 1954 – longer than me and our children together – and they’re still going strong: in October last year the 200th […]

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