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A Book Week on Diversity in Children’s and Youth Literature
From 21 to 27 October 2013, we present various books on diversity in readings, workshops and discussions to school classes, families, and education professionals. The week-long event is a collaboration with »kulturkind e.V.«.
A selection from our program:
Reading: »Opa und der Hunde-Schlamassel« (original English title: »When Life Gives You O.J.«) by the Translator Gesine Strempel
The 11-year-old Zelly and her family have moved to her grandfather in Vermont. She feels alone in the new environment and longs to own a dog. To prove to her parents that Zelly is equal to this responsibility, her grandfather makes a practice dog from an orange juice carton. His name is O.J. and he is to be treated like a real dog. Walking, feeding and playing with a juice carton dog – what will Zelly’s schoolmates and neighbors think?
The Jewish daily life of Zelly’s US-American family is told by the way and some Yiddish expressions can also be found in the language. This and the humor were the deciding factors behind our inviting the translator Gesine Strempel to read to us from a representation that still not quite what a German audience expects.
Erica S. Perl: »Opa und der Hunde-Schlamassel« (»When Life Gives You O.J.«) translated from the American by Gesine Strempel, Ariella Publishers, Berlin, 2012.
Reading and Illustration Workshop: »Wenn der Löwe brüllt« (»When the lion roars«) with the author Nasrin Siege and illustrator Barbara Nascimbeni
Emanuel and Bilali live on the street. A lion – which symbolizes the children’s hunger – is their constant companion. Sometimes he roars quietly, sometimes loud and threatening. There are few moments when he goes to sleep. Emanuel and Bilali work and beg to earn money to satisfy the hunger. They look for spots in the big city to play, to sleep, and to dream.
We liked the simple and poetic language Nasrin Siege uses to speak so naturally about street children. Barbara Nascimbeni’s pictures illustrate the story with complex collages. They are made up of image snippets of different countries – maps, characters, exercise books, and packaging. So this story could be anywhere in the world and thus seems at once strange and familiar.
Nasrin Siege: Wenn der Löwe brüllt (When the lion roars), with illustrations by Barbara Nascimbeni, Peter Hammer Publishers, Wuppertal, 2009.
Reading: »Gaggalagu« with the Author Michael Stavariç
»Gaggalagu« is the call of the Icelandic cockerel. But in Turkey it is kuk-kurri-kuuu and in South Africa even koekelekoe. Those who would like to understand this have chosen the right book in Michael Stavariç’s. In small animal stories, he expresses the muddled language produced by a person trying to describe animal sounds in his language. As Michael Stavariç explains: »It is less the animal’s languages in the foreground here than the people’s. (…) On this ‘animal detour,’ children receive a clearer idea of what differences mean. And that differences can be bridged. And that is the fundamental condition of a multicultural society.«
The illustrations by Renate Habinger try to bring order to the language chaos. Sounds are assigned to the lovingly drawn animals and embedded in maps. How and if that helps can be experienced live at the reading with Michael Stavariç, who received the Austrian Youth Book Prize for this book in 2007.
Michael Stavaric: Gaggalagu, with illustrations by Renate Habinger, Kookbooks, Idstein, 2006.
We will celebrate an open day on 27 October 2013, when we invite children to try out games about diversity and cook recipes from around the world.
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Reading: »Opa und der Hunde-Schlamassel«
(»When Life Gives You O.J.«)When: 21 october 2013, 10 am
- Illustration from the book jacket »Opa und der Hunde-Schlamassel«
© Ariella Verlag
Reading and illustration workshop »Wenn der Löwe brüllt« (»When the lion roars«)
When: 22 October 2013,9 am
- Illustration from »Wenn der Löwe brüllt«
© Barbara Nascimbeni
When: 25. & 29. October, 9 am
- Illustration from »Gaggalagu«
© Kookbooks, illustration by Renate Habinger