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9/30/08 at 10:41am
Today I am joining my aunt (she is my dad's younger sister, though she was born in the states) at the local Seamen's Church for the Christmas bazaar. I am hoping to find a few things to "Norwegian-ize" our Christmas season. I've also realized I need to join our local Sons of Norway organization in hopes of finding a local language course/meeting before we travel. My dad and I took a class back before we visited in '91 (well, he went every summer and really didn't need any help with his Norwegian, but he took it for me), but I have since forgotten so much of what I learned.
Hello! I have been reading Norwegian folk and fairy tales to my children, and my 7 year old son especially loves the traditional troll stories. Do any of you know of wonderful Norwegian children's books that have been translated into Engish?
Originally Posted by MyLittleWonders
I would love some titles. Also, do you know how I might be able to get ahold of a cd of Norwegian nursery rhymes?
Anne Cath Vestly's books are good reading-aloud books for children of about 4 to 9. I only found one in English on Amazon:
If this is the book I think it is ("Aurora i blokk Z" in Norwegian), it's the first book about a girl called Aurora and her family, with a little brother and a stay at home daddy (which was unusual when the book came out 40 years ago!) They are very sweet books about everyday life. Anne Cath Vestly has written many books about various children, and they are all good, if you can find English translations.
Alf Proysen is another classical author that is a Norwegian household name. Many of his books are available in English, for instance the "Mrs Pepperpot" books, about a little old woman that sometimes shrinks to the size of a teaspoon. You can find several of them on Amazon.
Also "Christmas Eve at Santa's" ("Snekker Andersen og Julenissen"), highly recommended for 3 - 8 year olds: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Eve-...e=UTF8&s=books
And then of course there's Thorbjorn Egner and his "Karius and Bactus" (about two "tooth trolls" that live in a boy's teeth, causing holes in his teeth), and "People and Robbers of Cardemon Town". Age group 5 to 9 (I guess).
There's also some books that are written not by Norwegian authors, but by Swedish and Finnish, that are in the bookshelves of every Norwegian child.
This is especially true for Astrid Lindgren's two books "The Brothers Lionheart" (http://www.amazon.com/Brothers-Lionh...e=UTF8&s=books) and "Mio, My Son" (http://www.amazon.com/Mio-My-Son-Ast...=UTF8&s=books), both beautiful and exciting books for 5 to 11 year olds. The "Brothers Lionheart" is by some considered not suited for the youngest because it hints at suicide. But these are absolute classics, wonderful books.
Other recommendable books by Astrid Lindgren are:
"Ronia, the Robber's Daughter" (http://www.amazon.com/Ronia-Robbers-...e=UTF8&s=books)
"The Children on Troublemaker Street" (http://www.amazon.com/Children-Troub...e=UTF8&s=books)
The "Pippi Longstocking" books
and the books about Emil's pranks, always ending in Emil having to run and hide from his furious dad (this was a hundred years ago, before spanking became illegal in Sweden). The stories are penned by his warm, humorous mother. Two of them are available on Amazon, "Emil and his Clever Pig" and "Emil in the Soup Tureen", but you may be able to find more other places.
The moomin books by Finnish Tove Jansson are also an important part of Scandinavian children's culture. There is a big difference between the original books and the newer spinoffs, though! The original books are warm and philosophical and just as good for grownups as for children. I enjoyed them from about age five myself.
One classic collection of children's rhymes is called "Saa Rart" ("How Strange") by Inger Hagerup. All Norwegian kids know her children's rhymes and poems. Suitable for 3 - 8 years. You can get both a book and a cd version:
I think most of these rhymes are set to music. I don't know if the bok and cd contain exactly the same rhymes, but I would guess there's at least a "common core".
Another classic when it comes to rhymes are André Bjerke's "Morovers" ("Fun Rhymes"), for ages about 5 to 11 (the rhymes are rather fun for grownups, too!)
Book version: http://www.bokkilden.no/SamboWeb/pro...=116680&rom=MP
Can you tell me where you have found traditional folk and fairy tales?