My German is ploddingly slooooww. But each page is a different saying or well known rhyme. The last one says, "Out of the distant sky, where the angels are, God looks so lovingly, down on each child."
thanks anonymous - it didn't seem to make sense visually as one story so I'm so happy you confirmed it is multiple rhymes! I had no clue what the deal was with the book but just found the illustrations so interesting & the colors so beautiful that I had to share it...
Love, love, love the book! I buy vintage children's books all the time just for the illustrations and this book has exactly the kind I love the most. And, it's in German! Added bonus!
I love all of the beautiful pages! Children's books... especially vintage ones.. can be sooo inspiring! I'm a huge fan of your blog!
What you can see and read on the pictures are the beginnings of (mostly) old famous German nursery rhymes and songs. They have nothing to do with each other but the illustrations indicate the subjects of the songs. I could try to translate them if you want me to but my English is not that great. :-)
I used to be involved with this German guy...many moons ago. He had some German children's books, and they were horrifying. (Things about getting your fingers chopped off for not following directions and so forth. And we won't even talk about the German bad Santa.)When I first saw this book here I was afraid someone was going to pipe up and say it was one of those types of books! LOL
I have no clue either what it says. :) but I'm happy your sharing books again. I'm like you I love children's books & collect them too. I think some of the real art treasures are in those books. I love the kitty cat illustration. She stole my heart.
rough, rough translation of the cover:Text above picture: Small brother, come dance with meBelow picture: old-known (traditional?) children's rhymes, with illustrations by Helga Schenker
rough, rough translation of the first page:Fox, you have stolen the gooseGive her back.Otherwise the hunter will shoot you with his gun.
Oh, someone has GOT to tell me what's going on with the giant mouse and mosquito! What the heck? Love it!
there comes a mouse, he builds a house there comes a mosquito he builds a bridge, there comes a fly but why (or where)? obviously in german it rhymes haha. Slightly disturbing book this...grtz nicole (polka dot bunny)
The first page, the rhyme about the fox is part of an old German folksong. If you'd like to hear it, it's on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU_yN03-i28&feature=relatedPage three (translated rather free):Bim bam beggs,the cat doesn't like eggs,what does she like?bacon fried in the pan,she's a greedy madamPage four is part of a traditional xmas song:Every year again,the christ child comes downto the earthwhere the people are.It's on youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOuRLRszIcc
Page 5:Eia popeia the porridge tastes greatif you add sugar and butterbutter, sugar, almondsall the little kids love to eat.Page 6:If the kids fall asleep,the stars wake up,and the angels from afar come down andkeep watch all nightover the docile kidsPage 7 is again a traditional folksong:All the birds are here again,all the birds, all of them.What a singing, whistling, music making, chirping, tweeting, quaveringspring will march inarrives with songs and soundsSorry, no more time for translations. Maybe another day. Have fun with your book!
One more:The cover of the booklet is part of a traditional folksong again. It means "Brother come dance with me" and the kids sing it and dance to it like the song tells them to do. You can see and listen two kids doing it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxVW3QKnmGY&feature=related
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