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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Review: Conni feiert Weihnachten

“Lustig, lustig, trallalalala…” Conni sees the Lebkuchen and chocolate Nikolaus in the supermarket and knows Christmas is coming.  There is so much to do!  First she has to make Christmas ornaments for the tree and an Adventskalender.  Then a visit to the Weihnachtsmarkt and maybe a chance to talk to the Weihnachtsman!  Enjoy the season with Conni as she sets [...]

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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 [...]

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Christmas songbook for toddlers

It’s never too early for Christmas music! Well, that is my philosophy. I try to hold off until after Thanksgiving, because I love Thanksgiving as well, but I usually can’t help myself. I just love the music of the season!

I also love using anything I can to help put more German into our everyday lives. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Prepare for Christmas with the Kleine Hexe

Die kleine Hexe feiert Weihnachten tells the story of Lisbeth, the little witch, who is busily trying to prepare for Christmas.  She keeps getting delayed by unexpected visitors.  In the end, she is able to get her Christmas tree decorated and cookies baked in time to host her Christmas gathering, which is made extra special [...]

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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 [...]

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