All posts tagged: pre-school

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Shock`n Sugar

Looking for a children´s book about animals, flowers or rainbows? Then “My First Nursery Book” is NOT what you want. A killed cock, a gingerbread men eaten by foxes or a burnt wolf are not the kind of things you expect in a sweet little children´s book. Illustrated by Polish/British avant-garde artist and publisher Franciszka Themerson “My First Nursery Book” is full of surreal, offbeat, macabre stories. Lots of death and horror – but then in wonderful sweet colours. A charming combination of block colour prints and red line drawings. In 2008 it has been reissued by Tate in its original 1947 form and includes four classic stories: “Who Killed Cock Robin?,” “The Gingerbread Man,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “The Three Bears.” A moral shock therapy for little ones – but with sugar coating! Auf der Suche nach einem Kinderbuch über Tiere, Blumen und Regenbögen? Dann ist „My First Nursery Book“ NICHT das Ende der Suche. Ein ermordetes Rotkehlchen, ein Lebkuchenmann verspeist von Füchsen, und ein verbrannter Wolf sind nämlich nicht gerade die Geschichten die man …

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Rain!

↓ Scroll down for German version! Rainy days are not really a big fun thing. May be that is why RAIN!, the book by  illustrator Christian Robinson and author Linda Ashman caught our attention immediately! So colourful, fun and full of energy – it just made us smile!!! Rain can STILL be fun!  A little happy boy and an old grumpy man both go out on a rainy day and meet in a cafe by accident. Their attitudes could not be more different! The little one is happy to wear his frog-rain coat, is having fun with jumping into puddles and enjoys the trip to the cafe to munch cookies. The old one is complaining about the nasty galoshes, the hat that ruins his hair, the water in the streets. When they meet at the suitably named „Rain or Shine Café“ the question is: Which mood will be more contagious, the good or the bad one? Which one will win out – the ill-humor or the happiness? Robinsons illustrations are highly expressive mixed media collages, he paints, draws …

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this monster – creatures that love color

On our search for fun, artistic and inspirational apps for little children we stumbled across a new design gem called this monster: creatures that love color. Developed and designed by former MoMA graphic designer and art director Julianna Goodman it is all about colour, texture and creativity. The app consists of three different activities: (1) colour eater is a monster that wants to be fed with colours, all in form of a rhyming interactive tale. (2) monster pretend! introduces quirky characters like a jumping jackelope, a musical mermaid and a polka dot painter. (3) monster get dressed! asks players to choose a monster and dress it up to take a shareable foto at the end. What makes this monster: creatures that love color really special is the emphasis on the handmade. It incorporates all kinds of „visual textures“ like paper, felt, cloth facbric, puff balls and feathers which add a layer of a new, hybrid, digital-textile experience. That makes it easy to relate to for kids. And will hopefully inspire children and parents to continue playing the game in real …