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Listen! Listen! by Ann and Paul Rand

  The beauty of everyday sounds.  Listen! Listen! by Ann and Paul Rand is a fascinating children´s book just about that, published in 1970. The “Blop” of a raindrop, the “Wham!” of a shutting door, the whisper of the wind in the trees, the “Crunch Crunch” of a toast. Ann Rand collects all those loud and quiet, happy and scary sounds and turns them into beautiful, rhythmic rhymes. Paul Rand accompanies the words with simple, striking (paper cut) forms, bright primary colours and funny little details. Such as the hammer next to the piggybank (Sparschwein/spaarvarken): nothing happens at the end (the hammer is used for building) but in your imagination you can hear the clattering sound of the breaking porcelain pig! But the best sound is….wait! Read, no: LISTEN YOURSELF!   But the noise I like the very best is early morning before sunrise because then (when I keep my eyes tigth shut) I can hear the world wake up. It´s a wonderful mixed-up sound. From far and near From air and ground it comes from all …

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Who am I? Little I-am-me

↓ Scroll down for Dutch/German version! Hello English! Little I-Am-Me (original title „„Das kleine Ich bin Ich“) is an Austrian children´s book classic by Mira Lobe (text) and Susi Weigel (idea and illustration). Since 2014 it is translated into English language. Originally published in 1972 it gave distinctive memories to many generations of children in Austria and Germany but also in other countries. That is thanks to translations into manifold other languages, under which Chinese and Japanese. It tells the timeless story of a small, multicolored beastie, with long drooping ears, pink checkered body and long colored tail. Happy and satisfied it suddenly meets a frog who wants to know what kind of animal it is. The little I-am-me does not know an answer to that question and starts a search for its own identity. It starts running desperately from one animal to another, comparing itsself and trying to find conformities. But even if some characteristics match, it is REALLY no horse, fish, hippo, parrot or dog. In a moment of big sadness and fear (am I …