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How not to be seen

Rofl, you’ve just got to watch this one! It’s sooooooooo funny! (Btw. if you liked it, there are lots more of that kind on YouTube) πŸ˜€

Btw. almost forgot to say! Thanks Neeru for sending me the link! πŸ˜€

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Alice and more :)

Earlier this week (and quite earlier than expected but just perfectly in time for the big November LibriVox clean up) Kara and I finished our duet of “Alice’s Abenteuer im Wunderland” by Lewis Carroll.Β  (That’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland only in German!) The translation is awesome and it was so much fun to read.

Now we are trying to find another German children’s book to read. But this is amazingly tricky… especially since even the translation has to be published before 1923 (and the author should be dead 70 years!) So suggestions would be very welcome!!!

Listen and meet the mock turtle, the white rabbit, the Cheshire cat (my very fav.)…! It’s fun! Soooooo here it is:

Alice’s Abenteuer im Wunderland

As I’ve mentioned before LibriVox is doing a huge clean up in November! So far 120 *loud cheering* projects have been cataloged! That makes it the best month ever in the whole LV history (and will be really hard to beat next time ;))! Anyway… YAY us!!!

Among those are Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang and Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott! I’ve prooflistened both of them… so I’m the one to blame if there are still repeats, sneezes and so on! πŸ˜‰

Listen! Both of them are awesome fun books!

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Aunt Jane’s nieces!

Yesterday the very first project I BCed got cataloged. It’s “Aunt Jane’s nieces” by Frank L. Baum. The book is about an rich, difficult, elderly woman, who had no children of her own. So she askes her three teenage nieces to pay her a visit, in order to decided who shall inherit her estate. Louise, Elizabeth and Patsy, who are all completely different from each other, come and a lot of funny

Here is the first paragraph:

Professor De Graf was sorting the mail at the breakfast table.

“Here’s a letter for you, Beth,” said he, and tossed it across the cloth to where his daughter sat.

The girl raised her eyebrows, expressing surprise. It was something unusual for her to receive a letter. She picked up the square envelope between a finger and thumb and carefully read the inscription, “Miss Elizabeth De Graf, Cloverton, Ohio.” Turning the envelope she found on the reverse flap a curious armorial emblem, with the word “Elmhurst.”

Then she glanced at her father, her eyes big and somewhat startled in expression. The Professor was deeply engrossed in a letter from Benjamin Lowenstein which declared that a certain note must be paid at maturity. His weak, watery blue eyes stared rather blankly from behind the gold-rimmed spectacles. His flat nostrils extended and compressed like those of a frightened horse; and the indecisive mouth was tremulous. At the best the Professor was not an imposing personage. He wore a dressing-gown of soiled quilted silk and linen not too immaculate; but his little sandy moustache and the goatee that decorated his receding chin were both carefully waxed into sharp pointsβ€”an indication that he possessed at least one vanity. Three days in the week he taught vocal and instrumental music to the ambitious young ladies of Cloverton. The other three days he rode to Pelham’s Grove, ten miles away, and taught music to all who wished to acquire that desirable accomplishment. But the towns were small and the fees not large, so that Professor De Graf had much difficulty in securing an income sufficient for the needs of his family…

It’s the first book of a series of 10 books… and I hope to get all of them into the LibriVox catalog soon!

Thanks again to all, who participated in getting this book done. Particularly to TriciaG and Meg!

The audiobook can be found here and if anybody feel like participating the second book “Aunt Jane’s nieces abroad” is currently in progress! πŸ˜€

 

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Me & Emma

Me & Emma” written by Elizabeth Flock is one of the those books you’ll think about for a long time!

It’s about 8 year old Carrie Parker and her 6 year old sister Emma. The two girls live in a small town in North Carolina (I think). Carrie, who is in many ways just an ordinary 8 year old with ordinary problems, also has to put up with an abusive stepfather and a mother, who is unable to protect her and her sister. So it is Carrie, who tries to shield her little sister. Still it is Emma, the more couragous of the two, who receives the greater share of their stepfather’s abusive behavior!

When her stepfather decides to move with the family to another town, where he has gotten a better job, Carrie and Emma run away. This plan fails and they are severely punished for it.Β  In their new home a neighbour, who sees how they are treated at home, teaches the sisters to shoot, in order to protect themselves…

If you are curious to how the book ends, you’ll have to read if yourselves for I won’t tell you ;). Let’s just say, the ending is quite unexpected, but makes a lot of sense in hindsight and leaves you thinking for days on end! (though I started to suspect something of the kind somewhere in the middle 8-))

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It’s such a pity that we don’t have a proper Halloween over here. I’d really love to see Jack O’Lanterns, ghosts, witches, zombies and ghouls everywhere. We acutally did get a few more trick-or-treaters than usual this year. They were so cute and so glad to find somebody who knowns it’s Halloween (and has candy ;)).

Halloween cookies
My self made Halloween cookies

But apart from that everybody here seems keen on just ignoring the day completely… so all we get is Christmas decorations everywhere starting in early September and lasting almost to New Years Eve. A bit of ghosts and ghouls inbetween wouldn’t hurt.

Anyway I used Halloween as an excuse to make “early” cookies… with lots of ghosts, witches, fallen angels, bats, vutures, pumpkins… the whole works. They actually turned out to be super yummy!

Instead of Halloween, all we have is All Saints Day today, which is today and NO fun at all. It only involves visiting the cemetary and be seen. The whole cemetary is usually completely crowded and you get to see great aunts and uncles, you didn’t even know you had… πŸ˜‰

Anyway a late Happy Halloween everybody! πŸ˜€

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