Thursday, July 12, 2012

Connecting Travel with Books - Germany

Here is my second article for the new website Military in Germany. I just learned this website is only about two weeks old. It is affiliated with the local newspaper the Kaiserslautern American and offers information on subjects such as news, things to do, movies, events, life, videos and classifieds. You can read my unedited article below. If you are living in the Ramstein area take some time to poke around the Military in Germany website. You just may find something new.

My new article is about connecting sightseeing adventures with books. Hopefully this will become a short series of posts. The first one is about travel in Germany. I plan to write similar posts connecting books with travel to Norway, Italy and perhaps a few more places.

Are you living in Europe and traveling with kids? Why not connect your sightseeing adventures with some great books? Germany is a country with a rich and long history. There are many wonderful children’s books that are fun to read, which will make sighting more meaningful. Reading books set in medieval times enhances visits to castles. World War II books make visits to Nuremberg and World War II sites more interesting. Myths and legends are fun to read and can make statues and works of art come alive. Here are some books from the medieval time period, that go well with German travel adventures to churches and castles.

The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl is a children’s book set in medieval times. It is best for ages 3 and up. The rhyming text in this delightful story is about a duchess who tries to make a cake. She has a small complication which is solved by a very little girl.

Mrs. Frizzle’s Adventures: Medieval Castle by Joanna Cole is a Magic School bus picture book for ages 4 and up. Both the text and pictures in this book help children understand the purpose of castles and how they functioned.

St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges is a must read for anyone living and traveling in Europe. It is a legend about a small medieval town which was terrorized by a dragon. After reading this story chances are good you, or more likely your children, will spot St. George and the Dragon depicted in statues and artwork throughout Germany and Europe.  My kids found St. George and the Dragon in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Breaking into Print: Before and After the Printing Press by Stephen Krensky is the perfect companion for the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany. It explains the history of printing beginning with the Chinese, up through Gutenberg's revolutionary printing press. It is written in story format with illustrations and a timeline and best for ages 7 and up.

Castle and Cathedral by David Macaulay are two books which give details into construction methods for medieval castles, Cathedrals and cities through the use of an entertaining story. Once you read these stories you will never look at a Cathedral the same way again. These books are wonderful for adults and children ages 8 and up.

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli is set in the middle ages. In the story the plague cripples a young boy destined to become a knight. Children learn more about what life was like during this time period and consequently visits to castles are enhanced. The story is best for ages 10 and up.

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