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  1. 1. English,Deutsh and French XMAS Recomandations 15-16
  2. 2. Primary The Mitten When a little red mitten suddenly appears in the forest, all the animals aren’t quite sure that it is. They do realize that it’s rather cozy inside the mitten, so one by one, they crawl inside. The mitten keeps on stretching to include more animals—even a bear! How many of them will be able to fit in there? Avail- able in paperback, hardcover, and as a board book to suit small hands. Jan Brett’s classic tale of a lost mitten is a joy for chil- dren everywhere, especially with her delightfully colorful and highly detailed illustrations. This story may easily become a family favorite. The Polar Express A book that quickly became a classic (and then a movie), it’s the story of one boy whose name we never learn as he steps onto a magical train that heads straight to the North Pole. It is there he meets Santa Claus himself and learns what it really means to believe. Chris Van Allsburg’s soft illustrations and sweet story have become a classic read during that time of the year. Every child will dream about getting the chance to hop onto the train and watch the stars and meet elves and of course, Santa Claus and his amazing reindeer. In fact, a few adults might dream of it too… A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree A small evergreen tree stands alone in the forest, wishing to be a beautifully decorated tree for the festive holiday season. Each animal tells the tree how special it is to them, and after they decorate it with things from the forest, it realizes that not being chosen may be the best thing after all. Good children’s christmas books like this one celebrate the bonds of friends- hip in times of sadness. A positive book with a heartwarming story. Some children may be surprised when they finally notice that the trees have faces, as they are so well crafted into the shapes of the trees.
  3. 3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas Everyone in Whoville celebrates the holiday season with joy and happiness, toys and feasting. Except the Grinch. His heart happens to be two sizes too small, and he’s less than excited about the coming festival. So what does he do? On the eve of the big day, he dresses as Santa and steals Christmas! Or does he? This is a clas- sic tale by Dr. Seuss that children and adults have come to love throughout the years. Through the prickly old Grinch, Dr. Seuss shows everyone what that special time of the season really means, and it’s much more than presents and food. God Gave Us Christmas Cozying up the night before with a good selection of Christmas childrens books and a cup of hot chocolate always makes for a wonderful time. Now kids and adults can thank God by reading this title by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrator David Hohn. A book meant for infants and children in preschool, a mama polar bear and her cub go through a series of simple questions and answers, the two reveal the true meaning behind that most special day of the year. A great book for parents looking to teach their children about God and why we celebrate December 25th. Primary Dream Snow Eric Carle is well known for his popular books featuring caterpil- lars and brown bears. But what about snow? He has one for snow too! Now children can read about a farmer who works hard all day, caring for his animals and then going home to relax. One night he dreams about everything being covered in snow, and when he wakes up he finds that his dream has come true. The bright col- lage-like illustrations will catch readers’ imaginations and young children will be excited to push the button at the end of the story, which plays a happy little tune perfect for the celebration.
  4. 4. Bear Stays Up for Christmas Fans of Bear and all his friends will love children’s Christmas books that feature them. Bears snooze all through winter, but the other animals of the forest want Bear to experience the joy of the holiday season. So they wake him up! For the first time, Bear stays awake and gets to bake sweets, hang stockings, and enjoy the company of all his friends. When everyone else finally falls asleep, Bear plans a special sur- prise of his own. The soft pictures of a big bear and all his woodland friends are certain to be a favorite with newcom- ers to Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman’s creations. Christmas Remembered Bringing his own experiences with festivities to children’s bedrooms, Tomie dePaola illustrates fifteen different memo- ries, each one at a different time in his life. People can see how he celebrated as a child, as a teenager, and finally as an adult. From hanging stockings to feasting with friends, each memory is unique and pulled together with his signature illustrative style, using simple shapes, colors, and a collage- like approach to pull it all together. Half autobiographical for interested adults and half entertainment for young children, Tomie dePaola’s book is likely to become a quick addition to any book collection. Primary The Sweet Smell of Christmas Mmm—the holidays certainly smell delicious! Little Bear knows that magical day of the year is almost upon them because of all the amazing scents floating in the air. From soft gingerbread men to sweet mint candy, there are so many smells to accompany the festivities; it’s hard to choose a favorite! Even if parents don’t make gingerbread cookies, readers can still smell them. The book contains six different scratch-and-sniff scents, so kids can interact with the story and smell some of the things that Little Bear smells. Parents might even bring in a few real scents to add to the fun—like candy canes and pine needles!
  5. 5. Santa Claus Christmas childrens books can remind kids that Santa knows when you are sleeping and when you are awake. But few actu- ally know what goes on in his workshop and how his reindeer are taken care of. Rod Green divulges everything on Santa Claus, from his massive mail room to how his sleigh works. Children will be fascinated with his rendition of the North Pole, and possibly even more so with the amazing illustrations by Simon Danaher and Jon Lucas. The color and detail will captivate children as they gobble up information about Santa, the elves, the reindeer, and so much more! Nightmare Before Christmas For children and adults looking for a different flavor when it comes to children’s Christmas books, this title should give you ex- actly what you are looking for. This title is based upon the popu- lar movie by Tim Burton which puts a scary twist on the holidays. Jack Skellington is all about making Halloween spooky and fun. But after one more successful Halloween night, he starts think- ing about other celebrations. When he discovers Santa Claus and the magic of presents and decorated trees, he knows what he has to do next! With plenty of freakish presents and a skeleton dressed in Santa Claus clothes, it’s going to be a spooky holiday! Primary
  6. 6. Primary Olive, the Other Reindeer Many children already know Olive, a little dog with big aspira- tions. She’s having a good time during the celebrations, but when singing songs about reindeer, she things the line “All of the other reindeer” is actually, “Olive the other reindeer!” Convinced she must actually be a reindeer and not a dog, Olive sets out to become a part of Santa’s team, with surprising results. An uncanny story will lead to lots of giggles and great fun. Olive has been around for many years, and her enduring entertainment will make sure that she stays around for many, more—a treat for kids and parents alike. Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas The lovable Fancy Nancy always parades around in the cutest things and has such a good time. Why should the season of giving be any different? When Nancy hears that it’s that time of year again, she’s more than ready. There are cookies to be made, presents to be wrapped, and a tree to be decorated. This year Nancy has bought a tree topper with her very own money. But will everything go smooth- ly? Will her holiday really be a splendiferous one? Jane O’Connor’s fun stories and text combined with Robin Preiss Glasser’s illustrations have become a huge hit with children all around, girls especially. Expect plenty of excitement when this title comes through the door at home. The Christmas Miracle Classic Christmas childrens books are always wonderful choic- es for the holiday season. This title by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P.J. Lynch is about a man named Jonathan Toomey. He is the best woodcarver around, but has a sad past that no one knows about. When he gets a special request one year, it becomes a request that will change his life forever. The illustrations are truly opulent, echoing the woodcarver’s skills as each picture has a slightly etched feeling. Rich colors set the tone and the realism will have both parents and kids fall- ing in love with them. A heartwarming tale with a miraculous ending.
  7. 7. Primary A Christmas Memory A book by a man who most might not think of in the same vein as Christmas childrens books, Truman Capote brings his autobio- graphical story to the eyes of children. As a boy while growing up in Alabama, the holiday season is plenty of reason to celebrate, with such quotes as “It’s fruitcake weather!” and the loving bond between a young boy and an older woman as they share the joy of the season and each other’s company. It is an enduring tale that parents may remember from their childhood, and a story that children ages 9-12 will enjoy hearing every year. The Teddy Bear While not strictly a Christmas book, its sentiments echo that of the giving season. A little boy loses his beloved bear one day, which is then found by a homeless man. When the boy discovers his favorite toy once more, he is unable to part the man with the bear, and instead chooses to do something that will leave readers touched and hoping to give others the same compassion someday. David McPhail’s simple story of love and giving (even from the teddy bear’s point of view) is one that will endure in any family’s house- hold for many years to come. Mr. Willoby’s Christmas Tree Robert Barry’s simple tale of one man’s attempt to get a tree into his house. It’s a little big, so what will he do? The only answer is to snip off the top. But what happens to the top of the tree after that? Kids will have to read to find out what something as down- to-earth a top of a tree can provide during the giving season. Generations of children can enjoy this timeless tale. Some parents may even have memories of bringing home a tree that’s just too tall. Mr. Willoby can show everyone that it doesn’t always matter what you give, but the simple fact of giving can make all the dif- ference.
  8. 8. Primary How Murray Saved Christmas Santa is suddenly knocked out by a Jack-in-the-Boxer (much more dangerous than the usual Jack-in-the-Box!). But with Santa out for the count, who will deliver the presents to all the girls and boys? Murray the deli owner! He isn’t quite sure what to do, but with an assertive elf to guide him and a little boy to believe in him, Mur- ray is sure that he’ll be able to make miracles happen. A hilarious romp written by Mike Reiss and complete with wacky illustrations by David Catrow. One of those books that children will want read over and over while they roll over the bed with laughter. Trouble with Trolls Children’s Christmas books don’t always have to feature reindeer and Santa Claus. Sometimes they feature trolls! Jan Brett offers up a story not necessarily of the holiday variety, but more seasonal than anything, featuring characters that troop through heavy snow on mountaintops, wrapped up in warm clothing. The heroine Treva is out with her husky dog Tuffi when suddenly Tuffi is kidnapped by trolls. It’s up to Treva to face the trolls an rescue her beloved dog. Using old folk tale concepts, Brett provides beautiful illustration and an exciting story for any child aged 3 to 8 Snowmen at Christmas One cannot have Christmas childrens books without having a few that feature raucous snowmen! This cozy book by Caralyn and Mark Buehner (the creators of Snowmen at Night) are stuffed full of snowmen who come to life to celebrate the holiday season. Together, they have great times, caroling and even getting pre- sents from Santa Claus himself! Snowmen certainly know how to party! Lyrical rhymes and exciting illustrations full of rich hues and expressive faces (even for snowmen!) will delight readers, young and old. In fact, after a few readings, both children and adults may not ever look at snowmen in quite the same way again.
  9. 9. Olivia Helps with Christmas Many favorite characters are featured in children’s Christmas books, and this time Olivia, everyone’s favorite pig is ready and set to help during the holidays. There is so much to do, from making cookies to opening presents. Olivia is ready to help with everything, but it’s a lot harder than she thought! Kids can join Olivia as she tries to make it the best celebration ever, and many might also be able to relate to her predicaments as she gets a little overzealous. Typical Olivia fashion, kids will enjoy the simple illustrations with a few dashes of color and a lot of heart. Auntie Clause Sophie has a unique aunt. Her last name happens to be Claus and she does a lot of peculiar things, such as serving holiday cookies year-round, she disappears for a so-called “business trip” during one certain time every year, and her tree looks fantastic every single time. What is it with Auntie Claus? This year, Sophie plans on finding out! Elise Primavera provides a cute and fun story about what it might be like to have an aunt actually related to Santa Claus. Whimsical illustrations provide a festive look at New York City, and some kids might guess who Auntie Claus is before Sophie does. The Little Fir Tree Margaret Wise Brown is well known in the book world for her wonderful children’s stories, most notably Goodnight Moon. Here she pens a tale of a small fir tree, standing alone in a fi- eld. It’s one with is to be a part of the forest, or at least to be a part of something. One quiet night, a young boy and his family decorate the tree and it becomes something much more. Soft with snow, yet evoking feelings of warmth, the illustrations by Jim Lamarche delight and inspire. A good read when cozy in bed or with a cup of cocoa. Primary
  10. 10. Primary The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree Ruthie and her mother set out to find the perfect tree for their home. There are so many trees to choose from, but there is one in particular they want to find. Years back, Ruthie’s father plan- ted a little tree on a rocky cliff. While he’s away at war, Ruthie and her mother think this might be the perfect way to bring him home for the holidays. A sweet story by Gloria Houston, some kids may be able to relate to the idea of an absent parent during the holidays. Illustrations by the Caldecott Medal winner Barba- ra Cooney give life to a touching tale. Mr. Christmas Along with the other Mr. and Miss titles (such as Mr. Nonsen- se and Little Miss Chatterbox), is one friend for kids who is the embodiment of the holiday spirit. Santa actually gives him a call, requesting his help to deliver presents to all the Mr. Men. Amidst snow and cold, can he do it? A simple book for infants and preschoolers, it’s easy to understand and just as easy to en- joy. A great choice for teachers and parents alike, kid will quickly point out all the fun things in this book, including the fact that the hero looks surprisingly like a certain holiday tree. Christmas Cookies Christmas childrens books can occasionally have the power not only to tell a good story, but a sweet one! Each page is a morsel of joy as Amy Krouse Rosenthal helps to enhance children’s vocabulary even as they celebrate the seasons. Every page has a specific word on it with a definition. But the definitions aren’t dull and dry. Inste- ad they’re filled with reason and real world meaning. For example, “Anticipation means I’ve been thinking all day about making the cookies.” Indeed, that is a perfect definition of anticipation for kids who love cookies! Done in with bright colors and full of holiday che- er, any book with cookies is a hit.
  11. 11. Primary Mortimer’s Christmas Manger Mortimer is a tiny mouse living in his cold little mousey hole. It’s not much fun, so he goes out looking for a new place to move in. Mortimer soon stumbles upon a nativity scene and decides that this could be quite a lovely place to stay. That is, until he discovers who he sharing his new house with when he hears humans outside telling the story of baby Jesus. Cute illustrati- ons by Jane Chapman compliment the special story penned by Karma Wilson. The idea is straightforward, to tell children about the reason behind the holidays, but does so in a fun way that is unpretentious. A Pussycat’s Christmas Cats can celebrate too! Yet another cheery story from Margaret Wise Brown, parents and kids get to see the holidays from a cat’s point of view. The things he smells. The things he sees. He even plays in the snow and watches as people put up decorations. He knows that one special day will soon be upon everyone and is just as excited as everyone else. And no cat can resist shiny baubles! Brown uses her signature rhymes to make reading fun (or to lull sleepy children into dreams), while Anne Mortimer illustrates kitty bouncing around in the snow and sniffing up tasty scents. A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas Argh and shiver me timbers! Everyone can enjoy the magical se- ason. Even pirates! Philip Yates brings a whole boatload of them into kids’ rooms, complete with presents, decorated trees, and good cheer. As colorful as any book can be (both in its illustra- tions as well as its snappy rhymes), these pirates get a visit not from Santa Claus, but from someone else who drives ahead of him giant seahorses! Tons of fun, the wackiness doesn’t seem to end. This title gives kids a break from the traditional stories of reindeer and Santa, and instead sends them onto the high seas for some crazy pirate antics!
  12. 12. Secondary The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Man Boo- ker prize this year. The 28-year-old won the highly-coveted prize for her second novel about a man who is “not quite eight and twenty”. Coincidentally, her victory comes 28 years after a New Zealander last won the Man Booker prize. Needless to say, this is this year’s must-read. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Donna Tartt’s third novel in 21 years. This is a huge, shambling, Dickensian beast of a novel, one that wanders from teen love story to drugged-out bildungsroman to art-fraud whodunnit over the course of 760 dense pages. What Tartt has managed here is the literary equivalent of up-market fast food outlets in the restaurant world: reading it is not unlike queuing around the block for the finest cheeseburger in town. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon This is Pynchon’s best novel since Mason & Dixon. At the age of 76, Pynchon has produced an edgy work of fiction set in 2001, with momentous concerns: 9/11, capitalism and the internet. A complex plot, Bleeding Edge is littered with slang, pop-culture and jokes, which detract from what is otherwise a remarkable novel.
  13. 13. Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux The most unputdownable book of the year, Strange Bodies is in possession of a rare thing: an original and unusual plot. It begins with the entry of a deceased narrator and never fails to thrill with its gripping plot. This book should be on everyone’s Christ- mas list. The Circle by Dave Eggers The Circle is the most powerful internet company in the world in Eggers’ latest literary offering. Savouring strongly of Google-gone- wrong, this is a glossy satirical thriller which, in this digital age, is chillingly portentous and all-too believable. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell Rooftopppers, set amid Parisian rooftops, is a heart-warming story of an orphan searching for her mother. Although everyone else beli- eves that Sophie’s cellist mother died in a shipwreck, she refuses to believe in anything other than the possibility that she will one day find her mother and be reunited with her in Paris, to which city she promptly flees in search of her. Secondary
  14. 14. The Son by Philipp Meyer An epic story of a Texas family, The Son maps the journey of the McCulloughs in a tale of money, ambition and violence in the American West. Meyer’s assured command of nonlinear narra- tive lends a powerful voice to the story, which opens with the family founder being kidnapped by Comanches and raised as a brave. Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll Emma Carroll’s debut novel Frost Hollow Hall takes a popular and topical theme – life below stairs for a young girl in service – and adds a new twist of ghostly happenings and sinister inter- ventions by a poltergeist or otherworldly spirit. This story of a drowned boy, a lonely girl, peppered with all sorts of things that go bump in the night is an emotionally-charged historical tale and a very believable ghost story rolled into one. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings focuses on a group of bored teens at a holiday camp and follows their lives right through to middle age. Wolitzer’s dark novel is brilliantly funny, and a very welcome addition to literary stockings. Secondary
  15. 15. Harvest by Jim Crace Jim Crace’s Man Booker-shortlisted Harvest is his final farewell to fiction. Arguably his most ambitious novel since Being Dead, Harvest is set in a remote farming village in the 18th century. A long way from Arcadia, this is a tale of the trials and tribulations of agricultural slog and struggle in a time when the threat of plague still looms high. Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosof Picture Me Gone is the new novel by multi-award-winning author of How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff. Similar in theme, this is a careful and sensitive study of an adolescent girl called Mila, on the brink of adulthood, trying to make sense of the seemingly- incomprehensible world of adult relationships as she under- takes an epic road-trip across America with her father. Their quest, however, takes on many other dimensions and turns. Middle C by William H. Gass William H. Gass’ long-awaited third novel, which was two decades in the making, is about an Austrian immigrant who travels to Ohio and fakes his way to a university professorship. This horrifying and witty story by 89-year-old Gass reeks of unapologetic mi- santhropy. Secondary
  16. 16. Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders For those in search of the perfect stocking filler, look no furt- her. The doyenne of British comedy and national treasure who brought us Absolutely Fabulous and Viva Forever conquers new territory with this side-splitting memoir. Saunders suffuses Bon- kers with equal measures of hilarious anecdotes and moving re- velations, guiding us through her near-death brush with cancer, and recounting the time she shot Lulu and accidentally enrolled on a teacher-training course with Dawn French. As Luck Would Have It by Derek Jacobi Good pals with Princess Margaret, and mentored by Laurence Olivier; the award-winning thespian and Oxfordian theory- supporter was mentor to Kenneth Branagh. A sickly infant and only child, Jacobi was blessed with doting parents who, well into old age, ‘sensing I could do without trivial things and just con- centrate on my work,’ would do his laundry and buy his groce- ries. A tale of self-absorption peppered with bitchy anecdotes, this is an entertaining read. My Life by David Jason This is one for die-hard Del Boy fans. The son of an East End fishmonger, Sir David inherited his sense of humour from his fat- her, who often had fellow fishmongers and shoppers in stitches. The star of Open All Hours, Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost takes us on a journey through luvviedom’, but a dearth of originality in My Life may leave you cold. Baccalaureate
  17. 17. Poirot and Me by David Suchet Written in conjunction with Geoffrey Wansell and published to coincide with the Belgian detective’s last hurrah, Poirot and Me gives the scoop on every episode of the hit TV show. Famous for his mincing gait and Gallic accent with Flemish undertones, Poirot has been Suchet’s greatest companion these 24 years, having played him in 70 episodes of Agatha Christie’s detective drama. Passion for Life by Joan Collins When Joan Collins was five years old, her grandmother showed her how to do the splits, and she still can, albeit with a little limbering up beforehand. Passion For Life is a no-holds-barred romp of name-dropping and bed-hopping, full of glossy images of the five-time bride, and Dynasty diva. Under A Mackerel Sky by Rick Stein Stein’s literary flair shows he’s no fish out of water when exchan- ging his skillet for a pen. Stein’s idyllic childhood in Oxfordshire and Cornwall was darkened by his father’s undiagnosed bipolar disorder and when Stein was 17 years old, his father committed suicide. Stein’s brilliant memoir traces his halcyon days spent in Australia, culminating on his home turf, Cornwall. Baccalaureate
  18. 18. Becoming Johnny Vegas by Johnny Vegas Johnny Vegas has made a career out of playing the 18-stone drunken lout, projecting an all-too-believable raucous and self-loathing character onto our television screens. Michael Pennington – his real name – proves there’s more to Mr Vegas than meets the eye in this frank memoir. A close encounter with a paedophile at Catholic boarding school, studying pottery at university, and even training to become a priest are just a few revelations in this compelling and funny tale. Baccalaureate ON LINE KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY SECONDARY/ BACCALAUREATE
  19. 19. Elke Burger, Theo Scherling Der Filmstar Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) Glück gehabt Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) Eine Liebesgeschichte Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) RECOMMENDATIONS IN GERMAN ON LINE html
  20. 20. RECOMMENDATIONS IN FRENCH Pietr-le-Letton by Georges Simenon This novel by Simenon introduces Commissaire Maigret, who appears in many more novels and stories. By many, I mean more than a hundred. So if you develop a taste for following Maigret through his methodical, character-rich investigation processes, you’ll have taken on an excellent habit for your French learning. The prose in this novel is still a little rough compared to the easy, relaxed pace Simenon developed in later works, but it familiarizes you with Maigret and Simenon in a story that takes the detective through a variety of locales in different social strata. Coule la Seine by Fred Vargas This collection of three mystery stories is a nice sampler to get you acquainted with another French detective, Commissaire Adamsberg, who appears in several Vargas novels. Vargas is a historian who incorporates her knowledge of history into her books, creating rich, eccentric characters who have the educati- on necessary to make her plots play out in a satisfying way. Every native English speaker learning French at some point en- counters doubts as to whether what they’re doing is really use- ful. For this reason, you may find Vargas comforting. She creates characters who are armed with unexpected facts that end up applying to real-life situations. These tendencies are not all fully explored in this collection, but you’ll get an idea of Adamsberg’s personality as well as the charm of the style and characters you’ll find in the novels.
  21. 21. RECOMMENDATIONS IN FRENCH L’ Amant by Marguerite Duras This is a classic that is part of any basic education in French literature. Set in French colonial Vietnam, it tells the story of a young girl from a French family who becomes romantically involved with an older Chinese man. The plot is narrated from the detached point of view of a woman who is now much older and reflecting on the events related. The writing is hypnotic and simple to read. As in the case of Gailly’s “Un soir au club,” Duras often repeats words and events, which is good for poetic effect and great for learning. Adolphe by Benjamin Constant Another classic, this is a sparse moral and psychological drama. The story follows a young man who develops a relationship with an older woman. Narrated in the first person, “Adolphe” explo- res all of the inner misgivings and woes of the main character, who is highly self-analytical. The prose is mostly limited to Adol- phe’s state of mind as well as his interactions with others, so the vocabulary and phrasing are efficient and fairly easy to follow despite the fact that the book was first published in 1816.
  22. 22. RECOMMENDATIONS IN FRENCH Extension du domaine de la lutte by Michel Houellebecq Michel Houellebecq has become a highly controversial figure in France for writing characters with questionable social views and making offensive statements. Despite that, he’s someone to be aware of if you have any interest in contemporary French culture and literature. He’s a solid writer who can fill out your vocabulary on modern subjects such as dating, social politics, and the workplace. This is his first novel, and it encompasses and riffs on the dreariness of day-to-day societal existence in a way that comes across like Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” as told by Bill Hicks, but with a lot more French. Moi qui n’ai pas connu les hommes by Jacqueline Harpman ON LINE