Lyrics to familiar Christmas songs in English and German with colorful illustrations and information about German Christmas traditions also in English and German....
|Title||:||Frohliche Weihnachten: Learning Songs & Traditions in German: Learning Songs and Traditions in German (Teach Me Series)|
|Publisher||:||Teach Me Tapes Inc.,U.S Auflage Bilingual 28 September 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||489 Pages|
|File Size||:||876 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Frohliche Weihnachten: Learning Songs & Traditions in German: Learning Songs and Traditions in German (Teach Me Series) Reviews
Wir haben etwas gesucht, was wir dem Kind unserer Amerikanischen Freunde mitbringen können. Dieses Buch haben wir dann gefunden und es hat für große Begeisterung bei usneren Freunden gesorgt! Es ist schön aufgemacht und auch die CD dazu kam super an! Schönes Gastgeschenk in der Weihnachtszeit!
I really prefer not to give this book a rating but merely describe what's inside.First, the Amazon product description is accurate. The book comes with an audio CD. It is a kids' story-book type book (thin but large = 8-1/2" x 11"), primarily in the German language with text in a large font.As Amazon indicates, it is 32 pages - so 2 sides per page equals 16 sheets. Again, story-book type book for either a child to read or a parent to read as a good-night story.The English translations are provided for the text on each page, but due to "real estate" limitations, German text, song lyrics, and English translation and graphics competing with each other, the font for the English translation is about 1/2 the size of the German font and sometimes the translation "refined" to make it more concise (and require less space on the page).The quality of the narration and music / singing is available on the Amazon web site for preview, so one can form their own opinions before deciding whether to purchase this book.The selection of songs is somewhat confusing because the primary focus of this book is German traditions, so including songs translated into German, such as White Christmas (USA, Irving Berlin in 1930's / 1940's), Winter Wonderland (USA, 1930's), and Jingle Bells, is kind of an oxymoron. But the author identifies which songs are traditional German carols.The book only provides complete lyrics for 2 or 3 songs. Only the first and maybe second stanzas of the remaining songs (13 or so) are provided on the pages. It was a let down to see Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night Holy Night) presented with only a single stanza in both versions: English and German. FYI, there are 3 stanzas in the song.In a nutshell, I believe this book is best used by a German speaking parent or grandparent to read to young children before going to bed in the weeks before Christmas telling their (grand)children what Christmas used to be like for them, with maybe some milk and cookies using the recipes in the book - book only provides 3 (Cinnamon Stars, Lebkuchen = Gingerbread, and Baked apples_.It is charming book - but falls short of being a reference on German Christmas traditions.Since it is intended to be a bi-lingual "Teach Me" book, I struggle to think which would've been better: English in large font, with German on the side lines, or as is. For children in the US, I think the former is the better, as I doubt very few kids would have German language skills to read this book at such a young age.
For anyone who has spent time in Europe during Christmastime, this is sure to bring back fond memories.This book explains German Christmas traditions with good detail. Each tradition is written out both in English and in German. Overall the translation is good, but centered more on meaning than word for word. The accompanying CD is narrated in German - I didn't realize the stories would also be on the CD so this was a nice surprise.At first the pages can be a little overwhelming to look at and might be difficult for a child to follow because of all the text, but the pictures are nice and colorful.The voice of the Woman on the CD is very dramatic with a strong vibrato - Good German style, but could be seen by some as a bit over the top. The childrens choir is great.
Very nice book. We bought the book to share family tradition with our children: please do read the "poor" review regarding what is represented in the book along with the commenters' responses. Apparently this may disagree in places with some of the holiday traditions some have experienced. There are differences in the way a culture may celebrate a holiday such as Christmas, however, so perhaps simply be ready to explain how your family may have done things differently if the book deviates from your tradition. (Although things like celebrating St. Nicholas and Epiphany, as an example, are things that are not part of US culture, but do occur in Germany, and they are highlighted in the book...) Overall, I think it represented the spirit of the holiday culturally quite well, and particularly important to me, it did so *IN GERMAN*, not just in English, and not only written, but spoken as well.
This is a very good music and book. The cd is very well done and the songs are all memorable and instantly likeable German Christmas songs. This is a cd which is pleasant just to listen to. Our family has been learning little bits of German language and German folk songs and this is an especially nice one for the Christmas season. The music is all very cheerful and lively sounding. The lady gives a carefully pronounced narration in German before each song, which is translated in the book into English. We got another cd of German Christmas songs "WeinachtLieder" by LiederProjekt, which was not nearly as nice.
I learned a lot about the Christmas traditions along with the songs. A great resource.