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Magazines of Summer

This summer we flew in and out of Germany on a family vacation to Mallorca. I shopped at several “Presse” and stocked up on different magazines that we carry at Alphabet Garten. Some I knew from when my kids were younger, but others we carry on the recommendation of friends and our distributor. Since [...]


Ein Tag auf... series

Lesemaus’ series “Ein Tag auf…” uses an engaging story to tell about a specific time and place in history. This paperback series is ideal for reading aloud with easy to understand texts, clear detailed illustrations, and stories that your child can relate to. It is recommend for children over 3 years old. Older children will enjoy the [...]


Fasching, Fastnacht, Karneval - Let's Party!

Fasching is just around the corner! Fasching is also known as Fasnacht or Karneval in German-speaking lands, but you may be more familiar with the terms Mardi Gras (New Orleans) or Carnival (Rio de Janeiro). Originally it was celebrated as a way to prepare for Ash Wednesday, and the fasting required during Lent. Now it is one [...]


Review: Mitmach Buch

If you are like me, you have times you wonder how much German your children are actually processing. Sometimes when it looks like their eyes are glazing over and they respond with “Ja” or “Nein” a little too much, I like to pull out the Mitmach Buch I recently purchased from Alphabet Garten.

This is such [...]


Review: tiptoi® Interactive Learning System from Ravensburger

The tiptoi® digital-audio learning system from Ravensburger is one interesting find from our recent visit abroad. We’ve had a number of requests for interactive books, so we took a closer look. After several days of play we’re still very happy with the tiptoi® system, so we’re bringing it to Alphabet Garten. We will be stocking [...]


Wickie und die starken Männer DVD

Hey, hey, Wickie, hey, Wickie, hey….

Most Germans will instantly recognize the title song for the animated series “Wickie und die starken Männer”, and the majority will launch into singing the irresistible Ohrwurm, whether they want to or not.  The animated series, its characters, and the title song are fixtures of the German cultural landscape even [...]


A puzzle book for Christmas

Ein besonderes Kind: Die Geschichte von Jesu Geburt
This is a book you want to study the cover layout closely before presenting to your child, for the cover harbors the puzzle pieces which makes the book “Ein besonderes Kind” a very special book as far as my three and five year old were concerned.


The story itself is [...]


Cards in a can

Meine erste Lernspieldose: Spielen und Schreiben

It had to be fun, coming out of a tin can!
Colorful, easy to hold and many of them is a preschooler’s definition of fun cards. Housed in a tin box, there are about half a dozen different ‘types’ of the 50 cards to correspond to various degrees of [...]


Preschool Activities in a Package

My youngest son turned 3 last week and one of his presents was Das grosse Vorschul-Paket. I needed something to keep him busy while his brothers are doing schoolwork and I thought this might do the trick. I’ve not been disappointed. What fun we’ve had! I took lots of pictures because you really [...]