Is that the mummy of Kleiner weißer Fisch?
This weeks book is Kleiner weißer Fisch by Guido von Genechten published by ArsEdition
I’d love to tell you about my favourite German picture book. I first came across it in our local library who had it on loan from bright books. It is a beautiful, colourful board book written for native German speakers over two years.
The story follows the adventures of a little white fish who has lost his mummy. The text invites you get involved in the story “Is this the mummy of the little white fish?” No spoilers but it has a happy ending!
It has lots of repetition so it is quickly understood. I’ve used this book in a library setting and none native German speakers quickly joined in with ja and nein.
Through the story you will learn the names of the sea creatures in German, colours and yes and no. You will hear how questions are asked in German. My daughters learned their colours in German with the help of this book and bath fizzers (but that is another story)
I’ve used it with children up to eight years who have no previous knowledge of German. As you can see I use lots of props so the children can match the animal to the one in the story. I made my own little white fish. It is a really fun interactive story when can be enjoyed again and again.
This book was originally written in Dutch and I’ve also found a translation in French if these are your target languages.
I hope this blog has inspired you to share stories with your little one, however young or old they are.
You can buy your own copy here.
If you’d like to hear me reading the story in German. Have a look here.
If you missed the last picture book review have a look here.
Do you have any picture books you would recommend and why?